Friday, February 8, 2008

A Life Worth Living

I love music. Music inspires me, gives me creative ideas and helps me connect with God. Lately, as I've been exercising, I've been listening to the group MercyMe, one of my favorite Christian bands (they wrote among other things, the song I Can Only Imagine). I think I have a new favorite song; it's called "Bring the Rain." Here are the lyrics...

Bring The Rain LyricsArtist(Band): MercyMe
Review The Song

I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I've gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You

Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It's never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times

So I pray
Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

I am yours regardless of
The clouds that may loom above
Because you are much greater than my pain
You who made a way for me
Suffering your destiny
So tell me whats a little rain

There are a few reasons I love this song; namely I love it because it expresses my heart. I often hear the question posed, "if God is a loving God, how could He...(fill in the blank)." I am always perplexed by this question, namely because it suggests that my belief in God hinges on circumstances. It suggests that the only kind of God worth believing in is a God that never lets anything bad happen to anyone. Obviously, I don't subscribe to this belief. Without pain, I would not be who I am today. Sometimes, it is only through pain that I will grow. God's ways are so far above my mortal thinking, it becomes a fools errand to try and figure out all that God is doing.

This song captures these thoughts and so many more, especially the following lines;
- Can circumstances possibly, change who I forever am in You
- And I know there'll be days, when this life brings me pain, but if that's what it takes to praise You, Jesus, bring the rain

These are challenging lyrics to sing, but the truth remains.

"Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way." (James 1:2-4, Message)

1 comment:

Beth Henry said...

Mike,

Thanks for sharing this song. You know the first time I heard it on the radio I didn't capture all the words to it, so I came home and looked it up online. I sat there and just cried because I could so relate to the words.

Throughout the challenges I have faced in my life, Morgan having cancer, my family being torn apart for 3 years, those times of shear pain and heartache and not knowing what God's answers to my desperate prayers would be, I always praised him. Through the joy and the pain. This song so sums that up. God will use the toughest circumstances in our lives to bring us closer. I'm so glad it drew me closer. Truth is I am a sun worshiper. I love the way the sun feels on my skin and warms me, but the rain, it cleanses too.
Thanks you for sharing so many of your thoughts on this blog. You really have a great way with words and I am always glad I stopped by to read them.
God Bless you!

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