Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I recorded this last night for a friend of mine who is going through some hard times. It actually is a song I wrote in some very dark times for me a few years ago. I posted it about it here. The file is 24mb so might take a couple of minutes to download.
I can't believe its been a year since I have posted anything here. Working on my Masters has consumed pretty much all my spare time - leaving me little time to think, ponder and write. Not even sure if anyone is still reading this, but if you are ... maybe this will encourage you if you are in season of hard times.
I thought I would add an excerpt from my post on enduring seasons that explains a little of the "he makes me lie down" line ...
One of the things I have learnt over the past few years (and I am still learning it!) is what it means to trust God, stop fighting, lie down and submit. I’ll give you one last story to illustrate this point. When I was diagnosed with my tumour, things were spinning out of my control and I was really struggling. I had to go for an MRI and I did not know what to expect. I did my best to prepare but nothing I read, prepared me for the fact that when they did it, they would want to put a needle in my arm, insert a canula and inject dye. I am really needle phobic and need to psych myself up for things like that. At the MRI machine, none of them spoke English so it was even more of a drama. It might sound strange to you, but one of the hardest things for me was to have to lie down on that MRI machine and surrender control of my body to other people – especially people I could not communicate with. I was telling a friend about that and she spoke the following to me, “the Lord is my shepherd … he MAKES me lie down …” This made me think of my friend Frances. When we were growing up, she had a pet lamb named Thunder. She would pick him up and he would bleat and baa, and kick and struggle. She would flip him on his back and he would go completely limp and lie peacefully in her arms gazing adoringly at her face. Sometimes we are like Thunder. We don’t want to lie down, we kick and we fight. We struggle to gain control. Sometimes, all God is asking of us, is to lie down and surrender to the process … whatever that process is. Lie back in his arms and trust him completely.