So last week I sat down and wrote this long, drawn out post about how much difference a year can make. I dug up the dirty details of the last year of my life and explained how God had redeemed them all. I'll give a quick recap because it really is amazing...One year ago this month we were told my mother in-law's ovarian cancer had returned - today she is cancer free! One year ago this week my grandfather passed away the night before my birthday - by the end of this week our new baby niece will be born! As the year progressed I found myself in a deep dark spiritual place - today I believed I have been saved by grace like I've never experienced before. I love these testimonies of redemption - but I want to share something else with you today. Today is my birthday - my "personal" year begins today. Most people make new years resolution when December ends and January begins, but have you ever made a resolution on the start of your personal year? I'm not really making any kind of resolution, but plan to be more intentional. More intentional about the way I love the Lord, my husband, my children, my family, and my friends. More intentional about giving and receiving grace. More intentional about soaking in all the good the Lord has brought my way. Choosing to be less angry, less bitter, and less wrapped up in myself.
The Lord keeps bringing to my attention these words, "Who Was and Is, and Is To Come". "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." There has also been this daily reminder of his Kingship. He is the King. No matter how I do or don't recognize it - it is still the truth. He has always been the King. He will always be the King. I spent the last year running from these two truths. It has not been a pretty year. It has had beautiful moments, but as a whole, I think I allowed myself to make it a lot harder than it had to be. Thank you Jesus for grace, mercy and forgiveness. For discipline, and salvation. I am a new creation and I want to continue to grow in this new season of my life.
As I have journeyed recently, I have discovered a worship album that has transformed me from the inside out. I mean I am belting out these songs as if I am Kim Walker-Smith herself! I cannot get enough of what she is singing to our King and about him. But there is one song in particular that has gripped my heart and soul from deep within.
It is called "Miracle Maker", and if you have not heard it - you need to listen today! I am posting a YouTube version with lyrics included so hopefully it will grip your heart and soul too! Before you listen, read this passage of scripture from John 5:1-15:
5 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda,[a] having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.[b] 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.And that day was the Sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’”12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
Have you ever thought of yourself as that man at the pool? Needing healing, but unable to get it for yourself? Unable to to dive into the pool at the right time in your life to receive the healing you needed? I never related myself to this man - until I heard this song. My hearts longing is to find myself standing with the faith of the miracle maker - but today I am staring in the face of my miracle maker and it is changing my life in a radical - revival kind of way!
Please enjoy this beautiful and moving song, "Miracle Maker" by Kim Walker-Smith - as you listen - think about where you fit in this song: