Isn’t that how we all were after each hurricane kept spinning. After each earthquake kept shaking. After each fire kept blazing. Then the chaos of Las Vegas and now Sutherland Springs. And that was just the Western Hemisphere.
Focusing in and there were some “disasters” that were hitting a little closer to home. We found out our middle son needs some comprehensive testing to see if his struggles at school might be deeper than “he’s just a boy”. Words like “processing disorder”, “dyslexia”, and “learning disability” were thrown out to us. Our heads are spinning like the hurricane winds. A dear friend of mine called, weeping, and said “I think my marriage might be over.” And her world was breaking with earthquake strength. I received news that many loved ones of friends have been diagnosed with various cancers (I seem to be people’s first call these days). This epidemic of cancer continues to spread like a wild fire – it does not care who, when, or how.
It’s all just so…heavy. Like not able to lift it up heavy. Can’t get a hold of it heavy. Slipping out of my hands about to crash heavy. HEAVY! Heavy on my heart, my mind, and my thoughts. Not able to really understand the magnitude of all the damage. Of all the lives marked, changed…forever!
I know I have shared songs before (and if you can’t see the link or the video is not in the email please go directly to the post on http://ashleyjansen.com to be able to hear the song). I think the creativity of music is such a gift. Melodies stay with you. Lyrics can wreck you. They move you to dance, to cry, to worship, and to remember. And I’m not just talking about Christian worship songs. Theme songs from movies. The classic oldies. Commercial jingles. It’s all music that impacts.
This particular song that I have listened to SO loud in my car (like embarrassingly loud) will remind me of all these events whenever I hear it from now on.
It is from the Shane&Shane Psalms Live album. Psalm 46 (Lord Of Hosts). The chorus says:
Lord of Hosts, You’re with us
With us in the fire
With us as a shelter
With us in the storm
You will lead us
Through the fiercest battle
Oh where else would we go
But with the Lord of Hosts
So take a moment, maybe turn it up a little louder, and let it’s truth wash over you. May you scream with this song, as I have, ‘I know my God is in control’. Afterwards spend some time remembering and praying for:
- All the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, Caribbean Islands, Turks & Caicos, and so many more
- All the earthquake victims in South America.
- All the wild fire victims in California.
- All the victims families that perished in Las Vegas & Sutherland Springs.
- Parents of children that have special needs.
- Your marriage and your friends and families marriages.
- The people in your life that have received the “it’s cancer” call.