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Guest Blogger: Kim Kehoe (August 28, 2012)

August 28, 2012 by Kim Kehoe 0 comments

During our July and August Sunday morning worship gatherings, I will be preaching through selected Psalms, using that section of the Bible in order to help us connect in deeper ways to God. During that time, I will be using the NewLife blog as a platform for the people of our church the opportunity to share about particular songs that help them connect to God.

Coming from a very musical family, music plays a huge role in my life, and one of the benefits of working from home is being able to play whatever I want whenever I want. Working with children over the past twelve years, I have learned how to balance my day between children’s music (Kid Songs, Veggie Tales, The Wiggles and most-recently Disney Soundtracks) and my worship CDs…mostly to maintain peace in my household as well as my sanity some days. I received the Matt Redman “10,000 Reasons” cd from my sister as a gift last fall. I listened to it and liked it but was too busy with “me” to really sit and listen to the lyrics. This spring I revisited the disc and couldn’t get enough of it! While the entire disc has amazing worship music on it, Where Would We Be? spoke volumes to my heart as I listened to it over and over and over. As I reflect line by line on this song and its relevance to my life, I am overwhelmed with emotion.

 

Lately I have been challenged a lot. I sincerely believe that God is preparing me for something new but He just has not revealed “what” that may be. I found myself asking him all the time what I am meant to do? Will I return to teaching? Will I go back to television? Will I walk a completely new path? Like so many others, I often find myself wrapping my identity and self-worth up in my occupation. Could I have made different choices and have had a more affluent career? Absolutely. But, I would not have been happy because I wanted to be a mom to my children and be home with them while they are young. Anyone who has children will verify how quickly they grow up and I did not want to miss out on that time.

This summer, I found myself under attack. I had a two week period that almost crushed me. A local official on a power trip almost cost me my business and although that worked out, everywhere I turned, proverbial doors were closing in just about all areas of my life. One day, after literally crying all afternoon, wondering why these things were happening to me, I was reminded to just focus on God’s love for me and who I am in Christ. I came to the realization that none of this was a surprise to God and that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) …were these merely “tests” to see how I would respond? Was God allowing these circumstances to convince me to lean on Him and Him alone and look beyond what was before me and trust Him to lead me toward my future? Most likely. I made a decision to tune out the negative that was going on around me and concentrate on God’s love. One afternoon, while studying about God’s love for us, Where Would We Be? played in the background and I realized everything would work out, for God is in control. His plans for my life are infinitely better than my own and as the song played, “You are the hope eternal, You are the Light of this world, Jesus, our rescuer…” as cliché as it may sound, I began to feel the darkness that had surrounded me lift.

Perhaps the most profound part of this song for me is the second chorus. I find myself singing it to myself and at times out loud, on a daily basis. Any time those negative thoughts of inadequacy or failure begin to creep into my mind, I deliberately remind myself that I am part of a bigger plan and the chorus of this song always brings such peace and encouragement to me every time I hear it. Where would we be without Your love? We’d still be lost in darkness. Where would we be without Your cross? You made a way to save us. O Your love, O Your love. We’re safe in the arms of Your embrace, Breathing in Your freedom! Lifting a song of highest praise, And breathing out Your anthem, O Your love, O Your love…when I hear that line, I am reminded of a child with his/her father’s arms wrapped around him/her and I imagine God wrapping His arms around me in reassurance. This summer I have especially needed to feel that security as I was reminded of the fact that I am not in control…truly a freeing experience, although Satan does not want us to be free and I feel his pressure trying to keep me bound more often than I care to admit. During the bridge, Redman sings, We couldn’t escape the sin and shame that kept us bound. We couldn’t break through, we couldn’t reach You, so You reached down…can you envision it now? God wants to reach down and take our cares from us. “Cast your anxieties upon Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7). It is not always the easiest thing to do, but I have learned that it is best to let go and let God…I long for the day that I can stand before Him to see all the pieces of my life put together because He knows how it will all play out – He’s “Already There” (Casting Crowns) …but that’s another song for another time…

As you listen to this song, I pray that you will feel God’s love envelop you and no matter what challenges you may face, always remember that Jesus came to liberate us to take away the darkness and bring us into the light of eternal hope.

Where Would We Be? By Matt Redman

You came to search and rescue,

In love the Father sent You,

Broke through the darkest night.

You came to seek and save us,

You came to liberate us,

Jesus, You heard our cry,

Jesus you heard our cry!

Chorus:

Where would we be without Your love?

We’d still be lost in darkness.

Where would we be without Your cross?

You made a way to save us.

O Your love, O Your love.

You are the hope eternal,

You are the Light of this world,

Jesus, our rescuer.

We live our lives to thank You,

How could we not adore You?

Jesus our rescuer,

Jesus our rescuer!

Chorus:

Where would we be without Your love?

We’d still be lost in darkness.

Where would we be without Your cross?

You made a way to save us.

O Your love, O Your love.

We’re safe in the arms of Your embrace,

Breathing in Your freedom!

Lifting a song of highest praise,

And breathing out Your anthem,

O Your love, O Your love

We couldn’t escape

The sin and shame that kept us bound

We couldn’t brake through

We couldn’t reach You

So You reached down

Chorus

Jesus, You’re the only hope

Jesus, hope for all the world…

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