February 24, 2015

Let it be

I don't know about you...but as I have read stories, watched the news, seen images on facebook and blogs...my heart has been so very heavy the past couple weeks. The images of the 21 young men beheaded shook my core.

The images are burned into my mind and heart. I worry about what this means for our world, our country and our friends and family. I consider my daughter with wanderlust and how safe she will be traveling. I think about my graduating son and his desire to use nursing and missions and think of the young aid worker whose life was taken. There's a piece of my heart that wants to gather all my chicks like a mother hen and hold them close to my heart...and shelter and protect and hide under a rock or in a cave.

But that's not the life God leads us to have. He asks us to be in the world. Part of it. Making a difference. Loving others. Taking risks. Doing things that make no sense in this earthly realm but make perfect sense in the heavenly one. All this was heavy on my heart as I was driving to our co-op on Friday and the song Let It Be Jesus came on and I heard these words

Let it be Jesus.
The first name that I call
Let it be Jesus
My song inside the storm
I'll never need another

I thought about those who had lost their lives and the reports that in those ending moments..that Jesus was the name they called out.

Should I ever be abandoned
Should I ever be acclaimed
Should I ever be surrounded by the fire and the flame There's a name I will remember
There's a name I will proclaim
Let it be, Let it be Jesus

I cannot even imagine the glorious homecoming they were ushered into. I weep to think of it.

I tend to worry about things that could happen and at times if I let it, I can become paralyzed and not move. I was feeling that way with this...and the Lord spoke to my heart .... that as one of His children.... is this not the end result of this earthly life? death? and if it comes sooner than later... or in horrific ways or an accident or old age.. what it brings is eternity...in Jesus' presence in a way that I cannot even begin to imagine what it is like...we've only had a teensy taste.

Out of despair...into a life of being bold, strong, and courageous.....living a life that gives witness to whose I am. by word, deed, and those that I love.

For me, to live is Christ
For me, to live is Christ
God I breathe Your name above everything

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