Musicians are genius.
Few words, immense impact. I admit, I fight coveting their gift.
There are two songs playing on repeat here (I told you about one already.) With minimal words, they summarize our desperation as humans and the ultimate hope we have only in God.
“Sitting in the rubble, I can see the stars . . . ” The Unmaking by Nichole Nordeman
“I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground . . .” Touch The Sky by Hillsong United
When we are down, we have two choices.
Stay down, or look up. “Who will help me?”
[In my life, downs have turned out to be a gift from God]
Face upward, we see light, glory, hope . . .
In true life, the way up is down. Matthew 20:26
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He stooped down to make me great. Psalm 18:35NIV
Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6NLT
It’s been fifty years since my lungs first took in air, and the teaching of time’s impact is greater than that of words. But as time and experience teach us that life is a continuous circle of fractures and rebuilds, words become richer. Understanding greater. Life more restful – yes, even in the rubble.
As I look back, there isn’t one single year that has been rubble-free.
Nor has there been one where I haven’t sought to be free of rubble.
And there hasn’t been a year that I haven’t needed to assume the posture. Knees hit the ground. Though I haven’t always done so . . .
And always this promise of God, I’d have worn out if it were possible: Romans 8:28 [He works ALL things for good for those who love Him.]
God bless the broken road that led me straight to you . . . Broken Road by Rascal Flatts [bonus song :)]
Jesus, Son of God came as a lamb in a barn. He descended into our ‘rubble.’
He stayed long enough to show us God, to fill up on our pain, then take it with Him up a hill to be crucified.
And after burying it with Him, He resurrected to take us up with Him
[He turns us-the rubble rousers into His stars] Philippians 2:15; Matthew 5:14
We must look up that hill to find deliverance. John 12:32
Sin dies. We live.
SIN DIES!!! WE LIVE!!!
This is resurrection power.
Resurrection only happens on the other side of death.
We all die many deaths on the way to Heaven. I think it helps to know this-to remember it when you are sitting in your rubble.
Broken? Sorrowful? Lonely? Discouraged? Fearful? Sit here and listen, look up to the Hill from where your help comes. Read Psalm 121
And after you have suffered a little while, He Himself will restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10
And then go strengthen your fellow sojourners. Luke 22:32
How can I pray for you this week? Leave a comment or private message me on Facebook and I will lift you up.