Proverbs 18:10 says ” The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.” So many times though, we choose not to run into that strong tower and we keep fighting until we are wounded and broken. It is so easy in our world to put our best face forward, while inside we are falling apart. We can keep it from people for so long but then when we finally break from the pressure of trying to “keep it all together”, the fallout can be painful. We become so adept at hiding who we really are that we think we are even fooling God sometimes. Only when we reach that place of true brokenness, can we give Him our wounds and scars to heal. Then we are truly safe. The bridge of Natalie Grant‘s song “Safe” just kind of kicked me in the gut yesterday when I was listening to this song. It says, ” When You uncovered I discovered that I am not afraid, but when we’re hiding, we’re only fighting to be sane.” The process of uncovering is not pleasant but I know that I am safe with the One who is doing the uncovering.
I have decided to pick a theme song for my life and there is no better song than Natalie Grant’s “I Will Not Be Moved”. Not only does this song rock, it is a declaration that no matter what happens in my life or happens in the world around me, that on Christ the Solid Rock I stand and I will not be moved!
One of my favorite Christian singers of all times is Natalie Grant. That girl can Rock! Anyway, Sunday morning I had on the Christian music station on my digital cable. The song “What Are You Waiting For” came on and I was reminded again that it is one thing to talk about it but it is another to DO it. She wrote this song after watching an episode of Law and Order where human trafficking was the theme. She was so disturbed by this, she decided to DO something about it and so she started The Home Foundation. This is a great ministry to help people escape this horrendous abuse. This has also been talked about at MandyThompson.com and her series on DO Something. If you have not yet had a chance to see what is going on over there, you are missing a tremendous blessing. We are only halfway through the month but she has hit this one out of the ballpark! So, you wanna change the world? What are you waiting for?!?!
I am sure that we have all met people who seemed to have everything together. They seemed to have the perfect job, house, kids, marriage, etc. How many of these “perfect” people have you gotten to know and realized they are just like everybody else, barely holding it all together. I often think it must be tough to have to walk around being the picture of perfection. These are often the people who have the nervous breakdowns. They cannot keep up the facade. I feel that is often what happens to burn people out in the ministry. They just cant be perfect all the time. The truth is, everyone one of us comes with our fears, insecurities, compulsions, and baggage. I think the difference is what we do with them. Often people do not feel like they can make themselves vunerable to other people for fear of rejection or people gossiping about them, so they plant on the smile and go on about their day. I have long accepted that I am not perfect and never will be. I have accepted my weaknesses and my prayer is that God will use these to help someone else. It is such a freeing experience to be rid of other peoples expectations. The only person I am living for is God. The song “Perfect People” byNatalie Grant off her new album Relentless hit home with me the first time I heard it. The chorus especially. There’s no such thing as perfect people, there’s no such thing as the perfect life. So come as you are, broken and scarred, lift up your heart be amazed, be changed by a perfect God.”
Never let ’em see you when you’re breaking
Never let ’em see you when you fall
That’s how we live and that’s how we try
Tell the world you’ve got it all together
Never let them see what’s underneath
Cover it up with a crooked smile
But it only lasts for a little while
There’s no such thing as perfect people
There’s no such thing as a perfect life
So come as you are, broken and scared
Lift up your heart and be amazed
And be changed by a perfect God
Suddenly it’s like a weight is lifted
When you hear the words that you are loved
He knows where you are and where you’ve been
And you never have to go there again
Who lived and died to give new life
To heal our imperfections
So look up and see out let grace be enough