The Flicker

Prescott has been through a lot these last several weeks. We can either return to how we were- apathetic, uninvolved, dispersed – or we can grab the flame and let it light our souls. To God be all the glory and honor. A poem:

A city so filled with apathy
We’ve forgotten who we are
Living our lives as it comes
Scared to reach for things afar

It’s easy not to care
Build walls between us and pain
Don’t ask for too much
From hope our hearts refrain

But then something happens
Like a flicker in the night
It feels too good to be true
But, God, it feels so right

The flicker lights our barren land
And briefly for a moment
We see shadows of another soul
And remember our descent

We have a choice to make now
We could run and hide
Afraid to get too close
Because the stakes are just too high

Or, we can grab a candle
Catch the flicker and make a flame
With trembling hands, move closer
Tell people more than just our names

We can share our pains and heartache
And maybe then we’ll see
That life makes much more sense
When we’re in community

Push down all the walls
Let God guard our weary hearts
Give it up to Jesus
And He’ll heal our broken parts

Now life is just around the corner
I can smell it in the air
I can feel it in our beating hearts
I can hear it in our prayers

Fan the flame that started
Til it consumes our very bones
We’ll burn so bright and brilliant
That it makes the darkness groan

Darkness cannot consume the light
It’s power is too weak
It thinks it has a fighting chance
But will diminish with a shriek.

Written By: Bethany Steinmann

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Living in Reality

I am so humbled by His presence. 

I was getting in my truck the other day, and I was thinking back on how throughout the past I’ve thought things like, “I wish I was as connected and in tune with God as C.S. Lewis was,” “I wish I could see as profound truths in the normal every day of life as Donald Miller…” Always. Things like that. I have thought “Man, how do you get that close to God?” 

And it hit me the other day. It’s not about getting that close to God. It’s about being aware. Being aware of His love and His faithfulness to be everything He’s ever said He is. Being aware that He is everywhere. He lives in and through me. HE REALLY LIVES IN ME. It’s not some crazy, nice, ideal thought. It’s the truth! The creator of the entire universe, of all things big and small, lives in my body. He lives in every cell of my being. He breathes with my lungs, and He sees with my eyes. 

I can’t help but sit here and worship God! He’s so unbelievable. I can’t even come up with the words to describe Him. I am so thankful for his faithfulness and loyalty and dedication to be intimately involved in my life. When I don’t know my next thought or next move, I can be free and I can breathe because HE is with me. Every millisecond of my day. He’s never left my side. He’s been with me since I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 5 years old. There hasn’t been a moment of my life that He hasn’t been with me. That He hasn’t been living and breathing through me. I may not have realized it in each moment, but that doesn’t make it any less true.

God is so abundantly good. He has such good things in store for those who love Him. He has knelt down and washed my feet. There isn’t one part of me that He doesn’t care about.

I’m sitting in Starbucks and I can’t look around without seeing Him everywhere. 
I was reading this book and it was saying how the trees and flowers worship God every moment by being exactly what He created them to be. They are obeying and praising God by being exactly what He designed them to be. 

I haven’t looked at a tree the same since. 
The whole world truly is celebrating and praising God in our midst. 

We just need to open our eyes to see it. We need to stop being so consumed with our thoughts and our plans that we don’t see God. 

You can have the type of relationship with God that you’ve dreamed about. Just be aware. And when you lose track, just repeat His name. “Jesus, Jesus.” And the Spirit will help your mind to come back to being aware of His presence. 

God is seriously so good, guys. I want you to know that. I want you to know that there is nothing in your life that He doesn’t care about. He know the very deepest darkest parts of your heart and mind, and He LOVES you. Despite the dirtiness of our lives, he sees us just as we are and loves us all the more. There is nothing terrible enough that I could do that would make Him less passionate about loving me. 

Talk about freedom. We are free to look into the nastiest areas of our life and not be ashamed. We are free to look into the nastiest areas of our life and ask for forgiveness. And not only can we ask for forgiveness, but we can KNOW that He will forgive us and He will never bring it up again. It’s time to start living in the truth and reality of our being a new creation. 

 

My heart and mind are completely caught up in His goodness.