Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Overwhelmed

Last weekend I was overwhelmed with the faithfulness of God. It hit me while I was listening to an old album, yes an album. You know those big round plastic things that you play on BOTH sides. Any way the album was Mirror by Evie Tornquist. It’s funny isn’t it how music just like smells can take you back, almost instantly to a very specific place and time in your past. For me, listening to the album, took me back to Allegany, New York. That was the place of our very first ministry. We were only 23 and fresh out of college. Allegany was a really small town, so we used to go to Buffalo almost every week on our day off just to get our big town fix. One time on our “day off” we went to a Christian book store in Buffalo and bought this album. It was one of our favorites. We listened to it until we almost sick of it.

Listening to it again brought back tons of emotion, especially listening to one song. It was the song Jesus Was There All The Time. What overwhelmed me was to think how that same Jesus who was with us 34 years ago in that little town of Allegany New York, has been with us all the time and is still with us today, and will be with us in the future. It reminds me of the verse in Psalm 139 where the Psalmist says, 5 You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Though such knowledge is “too wonderful for me” to understand it does not change or alter the truth one bit. He is faithful and will forever be faithful, faithful to be present and at faithful to be at work both in and around me.

JESUS WAS THERE ALL THE TIME

By Joann Albert and Ron Harris

A lifetime ago a young girl alone

Stood quietly thinking of fried she had known,

I know what she felt like, I know of the cause,

The girl I speak of is who I was.

Unable to face what life seemed to be,

There seemed to be nothing important to me,

Nothing to look for and nothing to find,

No one close to ease my mind.

But Jesus was there all the time,

Waiting to open the door.

Forgiveness has always been mine,

A new life and, oh, so much more.

From somewhere I felt what I couldn’t see,

His presence was slowly enveloping me,

Filling me, healing me, making me new,

I felt His message coming through.

That Jesus was there all the time,

Waiting to open the door.

Forgiveness has always been mine.

A new life and, oh, so much more.

And now I can sing with pride in my son,

I’m singing of things that were there all along.

I’m feeling the strength that was give to me,

For Jesus was there all the time.

1 comment:

armswideopen said...

Denny -

Great post today. I too am often taken back to a time and place when I hear certain songs. It's really embarrassing when it happens in the grocery store! (ha-ha). I have told several people this week that it is incredible to see the puzzle pieces starting to fall into place and know that God is faithful. We never doubted, but it's hard sometimes when the waves are crashing and the boat is unsteady.

I'll see your Evie Tornquist and raise you one Larnell Harris! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FzdbL1kXHQ

"In It After All" by Larnelle Harris

So You were in it after all
All of those moments I spent crying
When something inside of me was dying
I didn't know that You heard me
Each time I called
You had a reason for those trials
It seems I grew stronger every mile
Now I know You were in it after all

We're always ready Lord to take the glory
But we're seldom willing to endure the pain
You were with me when the sun was shining,
And You were still beside me when it rained

So You were in it after all
Taking the blows that I'd been given
Mending the wounds that needed mending
I didn't know that You heard me each time I called
I guess it's easy now to see it,
I don't know how I could have missed it Jesus
But You were in it after all

We're always ready Lord to take the glory
But we're seldom willing to endure the pain
You were with me the sun was shining
And You were still beside me when it rained.

So You were in it after all
I guess it's easy now to see it
I don't know how I could have missed it, Jesus
But You were in it after all
Now I know You were in it after all