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Music Speaks: Just Be Held

Music Speaks: Just Be Held

Just Be Held

by Casting Crowns

“Hold it all together
Everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding onJust Be Held

And when you’re tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There’s freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go

When your eyes are on the storm
You’ll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross you’ll know
I always have and I always will

And not a tear is wasted
In time you’ll understand
I’m painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in my hands

Lift your hands, lift your eyes
In the storm is where you’ll find Me
And where you are, I’ll hold your heart
I’ll hold your heart
Come to me, find your rest
In the arms of the God who won’t let go

 So when you’re on your knees
And answers seem so far away
You’re not alone
Stop holding on
and Just be held
Your world’s not falling apart
It’s falling into place
I’m on the throne
Stop holding on
and Just be held”

Along with a few others that I will likely be writing, I happened across this song during my husbands last hospitalization. Since that day a little over two months ago, these words have been a great encouragement to me. One of the first things that I did when I picked my husband up from the hospital, was share this song with him. I had it all ready to be played when he got off of the bus that brought him back into town. I wanted to share with him this reminder that I think we all need at some point. “You’re not alone.” Perhaps if we weren’t always trying so hard to solve our own problems, we would be more easily able to “stop holding on” and allow God to take over. If we would really rely on Him, and believe that He is able and will help us, what might happen? Good or bad, things happen according to Gods plan. When you’re strong, it is all in Gods plan. When you’re weak, God is still God, and He is still in control.

It has been a tough and constant reminder that I do not have to be everything to everybody. I am not “everything,” nor was I intended to be. I am not supposed to be able to hold everything together all on my own, along with holding everyone else together. I am supposed to rely on God, and He is able to be everything to everybody.

“If your eyes are on the storm you’ll wonder if I love you still But if your eyes are on the cross you’ll know I always have and I always will.”
Oh how true this is, and can only be known by experiencing it. If we are too busy focusing on everything that is going wrong in our lives, we will miss out on so many good things that are happening, amazing things that have happened and the best thing that has yet to happen. If we focus on the cross, and what happened at Calvary, we can be confident that any suffering that we endure has a purpose and that if we remain on the right path, we will be rewarded in ways greater than we can imagine.

“Where you are I’ll hold your heart…”
Again, how absolutely true. This is a fact that I’ve known, but I keep relearning it. It doesn’t matter where we are, good times or bad times, God is there with us. He never leaves us. If we feel that He has abandoned us…the problem is not God, but the problem is with us. If we can’t see Him working, even in the bad times, there is usually a pretty good chance that we aren’t really looking.

I encourage my readers whoever, and wherever you are, to just take a moment to know and to feel that God loves you. You are in His arms. He is surrounding you with love and comfort. No matter what you are going through, He is bigger, and He is in control. This should be a habit. This needs to be something that we never forget. After all, He doesn’t forget about us.

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Posted by on August 18, 2014 in Music Speaks

 

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Where Are YOU Now?

Driving home today from a shopping trip with my family, I was in the passenger’s seat, my husband driving. We were listening to Casting Crowns, and I was lost in awe as I stared at the beautiful bright blue sky and the pure white clouds. The song “Glorious Day” came on the cd, and I started singing along and thinking about where I was a year ago listening to that song.

My husband has been a fan of Casting Crowns for a while now, and when he began listening to them, I was in a very different place than I am now. A year ago I had a deep paranoia. It covered a multitude of topics, but the main one was the end of the world. It was such an emphatic paranoia that I would lie in bed at night, and each time a car would pass by the window, and I would see a flash as its headlights went by, I would think that it was a rain of fire. Each noise, would have to be the beginning of battle. What was the worse part for me (aside from the fear itself) was that I was no longer able to appreciate the beauty of the sky that God created. Before this paranoia set in, it wasn’t abnormal for me to sit outside at night, for hours and hours just staring at the stars. I had done this for up to five hours at a time sometimes. I would lay in the driveway, the road, the car or on lawn furniture and just stare in amazement and wonder. However, now, I was afraid to look at the sky because even just a glance at it, would make me believe that it was going to rip open at any second.

I look back and feel like an idiot about it now honestly, but it took what seemed like forever to discover that the reason for this fear was because I was not right with God. It was the main thing that made me begin going to church again, after so many years-some of which when I questioned whether God was even there. Going to church didn’t make the fear go away, and I was convinced that I would just have to live with it forever, or even that there was a possibility that I would end up in a padded room, but it did start me learning about God again. Eventually, I learned enough about God to know that I didn’t have to be afraid. I also learned enough to know that I wanted to learn more.

Today, looking at the sky and remembering how different I was not so long ago, I was amazed beyond belief. I couldn’t find the words to describe the beauty that I was seeing and feeling, and then the line of the song that packaged all of these thoughts in completion, labeled as “the past”:

One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day.”

A smile came across my face as I realized, that line used to terrify me. I would do everything in my power to not listen to this song, because I couldn’t cope with hearing those words, and knowing that they were true. Now hearing those words, and knowing that they’re true are a beautiful promise.

I know I’m far from perfect, but I also know that I have a relationship with Him. I know that He has done so much for me, so much more than I could ever deserve. He has blessed me in so many ways, and helped me out of the darkest days of my life. He never stopped standing right beside me, and was holding me up when I didn’t even believe that He was there.

“Living He loved me, dying He saved me
And buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious
day.”

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Life in General

 

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