Storm

I remember hearing “Storm” by Lifehouse in the Fall of 2007 when I got the CD. I identified with the song so much.  I got to thinking about “Storm” over the weekend while at my daughter’s ballet performance.  I have often hoped to see her choreograph a dance to this song and see her perform it.  I think many people can relate to the song.

I’m glad the song came to mind.  It captures a lot of how I feel at this time in my life.  I know that to struggle with various situations in life is good for our growing.  I know I have had my share of struggles… as I am sure you have too.  A couple of weeks ago Brad on a Wednesday night with tears in his eyes (not an uncommon occurrence) talked about those with deep wells.  Those wells having been bored out of tremendous hurt, pain, and suffering.  It’s through having these deep wells the greater capacity for others to draw God’s water from.

I have always desired nothing less than being used by God for the benefit of others.  I’m ready for the digging to stop for a bit and let me be used for the benefit of others.  If I could have written one verse in this song it would have been this one:

…I know you didn’t
bring me out here to drown
so why am I 10 feet under and upside down
barely surviving has become my purpose
cause I’m so used to living underneath the surface…

 

how long have I
been in this storm
so overwhelmed by the ocean’s shapeless form
water’s getting harder to tread
with these waves crashing over my head

if I could just see you
everything will be alright
if I’d see you
the darkness will turn to light

and I will walk on water
and you will catch me if I fall
and I will get lost into your eyes
and everything will be alright
and everything is alright

I know you didn’t
bring me out here to drown
so why am I 10 feet under and upside down
barely surviving has become my purpose
cause I’m so used to living underneath the surface

if I could just see you
everything will be alright
if I’d see you
this darkness would turn to light

and I will walk on water
and you will catch me if I fall
and I will get lost into your eyes
I know everything will be alright

and I will walk on water
you will catch me if I fall
and I will get lost into your eyes
I know everything will be alright
I know everything is alright
everything’s alright

Famous Last Words

Today has been a tough day for many I work with.  Gerry died unexpectedly Sunday night.  He will be missed by all. 

As I have gone through the morning, I have listened to people remark about Gerry and the shock.  It’s interesting to me in almost every conversation people mentioned the last time they talked with Gerry or the last time they saw him.  I received a phone call this morning before work to let me know and I did the same thing… my first thought was of him sitting in my office this past week and the conversation we had. 

I understand it is unrealistic to live our lives thinking each conversation we have with someone may be our last.  Be we really need to be reminded of the importance of our lives and what we do with them.  Our actions and our words matter.  They do have a lasting effect on people.  Unfortunately, we don’t think about that until someone dies. 

Perhaps the most famous and powerful last words to ever been heard by human kind were by Jesus.  In John 19:30, Jesus said, “‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”