I’ve been thinking a lot over the past week about faithfulness and God’s faithfulness. I was at the grocery store and it was one of those days that I ran out of time, felt like time was flying by and almost a sort of panic state. And while I was driving home from the store, I was listening to some music that I haven’t listened to in a while.
I was listening to Lauren Daigle’s Album “Look Up Child.” I was so struck by the words of her song “Remember.” I want you to read these lyrics. They are so appropriate for us as followers of Christ and as those of us who are trying to keep our heads up, our eyes up, and our focus on gratitude for the things God has done.
Try to keep your focus on the lens of gratitude that we’ve been talking about in the last few blogs.
V. In the darkest hour, when I cannot breathe
Fear is on my chest, the weight of the world on me
Everything is crashing down, everything I had known
When I wonder if I’m all alone
C. I remember, I remember
You have always been faithful to me
I remember, I remember
Even when my own eyes could not see
You were there, always there
V. I will lift my eyes even in the pain
Above all the lies,
I know You can make a way
I have seen giants fall,
I have seen mountains move
I have seen waters part because of You
B. I can’t stop thinking about
I can’t stop thinking about
I can’t stop thinking about
Your goodness, goodness
I love this song. Those words! The first time I heard this song , a few years ago, it struck me as so powerful. It hit me again today as a powerful reminder of the posture of my heart and how it should be. I was looking back at a photo album of this year (2020) on a news outlet about the different things that have taken place this year. There has been a lot of hard, difficulty, and devastation. But also, God has orchestrated a lot of beauty. God can bring beauty and wholeness out of any situation.
In the pain of it we can forget His goodness. In those moments of hardship, we can remember that we’ve seen giants fall and mountains move. We’ve seen waters part because of Him. So, we can trust Him, we can trust his faithfulness. All we have to do is look back and remember. All we have to do is think about the things that God has done.
It’s like the song I just released earlier this year that says, “We will not forget your faithfulness, in every situation. And here we build a monument that every generation will know who you are.” That is the prayer for my own heart and the prayer for you as well, wherever you are at in the world. I encourage you to take time to stop and refocus.
Think upon these things. Think on the things God has done in the past year and the things that He has followed through on and the way He has shown himself faithful. And let that lens and perspective carry you into the next year, month and week. See things with a lens of gratitude, peace, and one that is looking to God and saying that you believe it because you’ve seen it before. Sometimes we have to say things over and over again to our own heart so that our flesh catches up with what we know is truth and what we know is true about God. Sometimes we need to call these things out. Sometimes we need to pray “I’ve seen YOU carry me even in the pain. I’ve seen YOU bring truth even in the lies! I’ve seen YOU walk with me even in the darkness.” And calling out those truths because that’s what carries us through these hard seasons, that’s what’s going to carry you into the next season.
I encourage you to stop and to take a minute and think about all the goodness and faithfulness that God has done.
Psalm 103:1-2 TPT “With my whole heart, with my whole life, and with my innermost being, I bow in wonder and love before you, the holy God! Yahweh, you are my soul’s celebration. How could I ever forget the miracles of kindness you’ve done for me?”
How could I forget the miracle of kindness you’ve done for me? He has been so kind, so good to me and I don’t deserve it. This gratitude stems from the bottom of my heart because I’m grateful for what’s he’s walked me through.
Be encouraged that he is walking with you. Whatever it is, he hasn’t forgotten, he isn’t going to stop taking care of you.