Today it was just Andrew and the piano and it was a slice of heaven! He did a melody of several Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin Songs! LOVED IT! Ending with a Hymn! He even had the HYMNAL out!!!!!! Ya'll that is unheard of any more and there are times where the richness from a song can nail the spirit! I am going to dissect how this song "If You Want Me To" has been played over and over and over again and again in my life! When Ginny wrote this song she wrote it out of her own trouble of finding a job. You see she is a gifted piano player and singer but yet she is blind. She struggled with finding a job as a choir teacher and I am not 100% sure she ever did but she did put out some pretty AMAZING CD's! I get her and connect with her just the same way I connected with Jesus today in worship!
"If You Want Me To"
written by: Kyle David Matthews and Ginny Owens
The pathway is broken and the signs are unclear
And I don't know the reasons why you brought me here.
But just because you love me the way that You do
I'm gonna walk through the valley if you want me to.
Wow!!!! We are saying YES LORD I will go through the valley of life that you have prepared for me because I know HOW MUCH YOU LOVE ME!!! The many time's that I have moved from state to state or even city to city. Not because I WANTED to but because it was part of God's bigger plan!
Cause I'm not who I was when I took my first step
And I'm clinging to the promise You’re not through with me yet.
So if all of these trials that bring me closer to You
Then I will go through the fire if you want me to.
"Cause I'm NOT who I was when I took my first step!" POWERFUL words and so thankful that we are NEVER who we were when we took that first step in our Christian walk! I am thankful that we are always striving to be more like Christ. To be more like him! And how AWESOME is it to say that we can CLING to the promises he has written in the bible! I am not sure where I would be without the everlasting WORD of God for guidance and strength! And to say YES Lord I will go through this FIRE if that is what I need to do. I don't know about you but for me those are SCARY words to say but yet at the same time such FREEDOM can come from them when we say YES Lord I will go through this trial! Never did I think that going through two back surgeries was part of MY plan but God knew it was part of HIS plan! Never did I think have a child sick and in the hospital be part of MY plan but it was part of HIS plan! Each time we go through a trial in life God uses these to mold us and shape us into more of his image. These fires that we go through stretch us, teach us to trust in HIM more and gain our strength from HIM!
And it may not be the way I would've chosen
When you lead me through a world that's not my home
But you never said it would be easy
You only said I'd never go alone.
WOW! This first line is SUCH THE TRUTH!!!! There are many things in life that did not go the way I thought it should have gone! I never thought that I would go down the path of a divorce, nope, I never thought I would go through seven surgeries that doesn't happen to me! I never thought I would be a "heart mom" NOPE! I am a good person, that wouldn't happen to me but you know that it DID and God has used those trials to teach me and grow and make me stronger!
So when the whole world turns against me
And I'm all by myself
And I can't hear you answer my cries for help
I'll remember the suffering that your love put you through
And I will go through the valley if you want me to.
"When the WHOLE world turns against me!" How many times have you and I said that nobody understands? I have no one to turn to. God WHERE ARE YOU?! He has never LEFT you! He died on the cross for your sins! He stretched our his ARMS and said I LOVE YOU_______ this much!!!! We can MAKE it through these trials in life because HE loves us and has already GONE BEFORE US!!!!!