These days, hopelessness has been very busy trying to establish her studio in my mind that pumps out its music of despair and resignation. Attempting to drown out truth. Then I have to pull out the Stones (of Gilgal).
And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.” Joshua 4:21-24
Memorials of God's sovereignty and faithfulness need to be established in my heart and mind, by the discipline of remembrance. When I see no way out or hope for change in my selfish heart, I've had to put on the practice of pressing play on the songs He has already made for me.
When covered in shame - Songs of deliverance and songs of forgiveness When helpless - Songs of reformation and songs of healing When the pain becomes unbearable - Songs of love and songs of friendship
They all rise together to form a song of hope in the one who has already given all these things and more. My deliverer from the "domain of darkness"(see Col.1:13)
And I can move one more day in obedience through the morass, remembering that eternal hope.
P.S. Sometimes, my thoughts can best be summed up in actual songs from actual talented people. Yes, I'm sure Mary Katherine Gallagher and I are related. ~ inspirational tunage this week ~ Through My Door and Father John by Starflyer59 Clean (My God Has Rescued Me) and In Ruin by the Violet Burning
Disciple. Nerd. Wife. Mom. Singer of random songs.