I really like this song! As I think about the past year, with all my fears and doubts about the future, I can see that I consistently did not trust God. Instead, I was always freaking out and worrying about what was going to happen next. After all the recent changes that have been going on at my workplace, I drove to work last week with that all-too-familiar distress and fear in my heart.
But then this song started to play and I remembered a scene that touched me a long time ago. I read The Horse and His Boy (a Chronicles of Narnia book) as a child, and I was always struck by the moment when the main character realizes that he could have fallen to his death off a mountain road any time during the fog. “But of course I was quite safe. That is why the Lion kept on my left. He was between me and the edge all the time.”
Listening to this song, I thought that my life might look like a foggy and dangerous mountain road to me, but to God, every inch of it is lit up clearly, from beginning to end. He can see the invisible pitfalls and traps, and He guides me safely through them all. This whole year I have survived and even thrived, not by my own power, but by one unexpected mercy after another. So why should it be any different now? Isn’t it time I trusted in Him? He’s been with me through my highs and lows. Instead of remaining in anxiety and fear, I should praise God for His goodness to me, and look ahead with faith.
Amen! Instead of remaining in anxiety and fear, let us praise God!
Btw, it is a beautiful song 😀
Yeah I could listen to this song 10 times and it still wouldn’t get old for me xD
Wow, this makes me reflect on all the times God was right there between me and the edge (prison, homelessness, addictions). I pray we continue to remain in him truly believing that nothing can snatch us out of his hands with this song as the background music. Keep going!
Yes it’s really surprising and wonderful when we look back and see how He has been with us personally. Praise God for His grace in your life. Thank you for sharing!
I noticed how reading the books and devotionals of the olds of great is really powerful. C.S. Lewis was a powerful force and I hope to be as devoted to Christ as he was one day.
For instance, I am reading a free morning/evening devotional by Charles Spurgeon on my app called Bible Study (which is green and has a tree on it), and the literary pictures he creates in your mind with his words is so powerful! He explains the Kingdom of God as this beautiful place where we will unceasingly worship our beautiful Lord Jesus with untiring eyes and an Unsetting Sun. It is very picturesque. So, I noticed you mentioned C.S. Lewis and his Narnia book, which also inspires us to live for God with visionary images and analogies to God(Lion).
It seems you have been on a journey with God. And I can totally relate to you. Being on that scary, foggy mountain seems unpredictable. You don’t know what’s gonna happen next. In the same way…I’ve felt like there’s been a lot of uncertainty in my life. I feel like I don’t hear from God or see Him very clearly in my life. However, just like you said…the Lion kept to my left the whole time.
As I head to my last and final final in Calc 2…My grade could be either an A or B in this class. However, God is my shield and my life is more than a simple letter in my class only one portion of eternity. What letter grade really matters? Isn’t it Jesus saying to me, “Well done good and faithful servant, you have been faithful with little, now I will put you in charge of much”?
You and I are on similar paths and I wanna pray for you through my text…:
“Dearest Heavenly Father…oh glorious One. You see Sarah and you see her struggles. I pray for my beloved sister in Christ that through these highs and lows in her life…the trust in her heart for her Father would burn brighter than the Sun. God bless her struggles God to love you. God bless her inwardly and outwardly. Give her that peace that transcends all understanding and that reaches all four corners of her soul and mind. Please guide her to being all You created her to be and I pray for ultimate love and fulfillment in You to reign in her life. Please bless her, and keep her. May she meditate on your words day and night and may you be by her side every step of the way – knowingly to her. God bless all of us Lord God and may we see You in the Highs and Lows and everything in-between. Amen.”
God bless you and Merry Xmas to all of us here, celebrating Jesus is so important during this time <3.
Wow thanks for the encouraging comment and prayer! May God be with you during your final–you’re done after this, woohoo! I remember how intense and stressful school was for me, but it really was good training. In terms of eternity, you’re right–the letter grade doesn’t matter, although an A is always nice 😛
Btw I am listening to the song nonstop today! ☺️😊
And I love the pic.
ohhh that great dread in the heart while having to head to work… I know exactly what you’re talking about… 😢
your Narnia example reminds me of pilgrims progress where Christian looked back after getting through the valley of shadow of death.
Here’s his song-
“Oh, world of wonders ! – I can say no less –
That I should be preserved in that distress
That I have met with here! Oh, blessed be
That hand that from it hath delivered me ·
Dangers in darkness, devils, hell, and sin,
Did compass me, while I this vale was in:
Yea, snares, and pits, and traps, and nets, did lie
My path about, that worthless silly I
Might have been caught, entangled, and cast down:
But since I live, let Jesus wear the crown!”
Yeah I noticed the similarities with those two scenes, they both talk about looking back and seeing God’s protection. But I don’t remember reading “that worthless silly” haha! Maybe I had a more modern version
Another good song from Hillsong that fits well as fall transition to winter. I can’t help but notice elements of indie-folk influence.
May God continue to make you laugh.
BTW very nice prose that contain vivid imaginary adapted from The Horse and His Boy. “Listening to this song, I thought that my life might look like a foggy and dangerous mountain road to me, but to God, every inch of it is lit up clearly, from beginning to end.” Send tingling down my spine, no kidding.
Yeah that imagery definitely came from God! It was a great comfort to realize that He sees the whole picture like that.
What a beautiful and touching song. I’ll admit that I have not read The Horse and His Boy, but I love the imagery. It very accurately describes life in God. And I really like what you said here: “This whole year I have survived and even thrived, not by my own power, but by one unexpected mercy after another.” When I think back on the past semester, it’s so true! God has blessed me left and right. So I have no need to worry about the future, but as you said “look ahead with faith.”
Praise God for his guidance and protection in your life. I pray that you would experience many more victorious moments together with God!
Oooh this is the perfect time to read it, if you haven’t already! 🙂 I wonder what kind of glorious things we’ll be able to say at the end of 2020…we’ll probably all have some really interesting testimonies about quarantine, but still the same message of God’s goodness and love.
I also like the connection to Narnia! I was mind blown this summer when I actually sat down and read the book. I could really see the kind of person God is and how he has been with me all this time… God really sees and knows everything that we are going through T^T
Have you read the whole Chronicles of Narnia already? The other books are amazing 😀 There’s another scene in Prince Caspian that stood out to me – when Lucy was the only one who could see Aslan, and her siblings had to follow her until they were able to see him for themselves. It reminded me of how God worked through human servants so often in the Bible and today as well.