I’ve written four different paragraphs for this one post and erased every single one. What I’m trying to say in my head is that words like none, forever, always, one, never, and ever are strong words. Don’t use them in context unless you mean them. And for the record, you know I mean them.
It’s definitely a term that I never want to hear. When someone replies “someday” to you, it usually in regards to something you want to possess or know right that instant. What we (and by we I mean I) seem to forget, is that the information or promise or words of affirmation you’re looking for are being withheld for a reason.
All the questions I have right now, everything running through my head, I just want to know right now! In the same way God responds to our cries for Him to come quickly, people in our lives respond “someday” because it is not only not the time, but it is not our privilege to know the time yet. There is a reason God is God and we don’t make the decisions. Paul wrote that “Love is patient,” and it is sometimes translated as “love never gets tired of waiting.” Man, how convicting! If it’s love, waiting is not only endured, but embraced.
Psalm 27:14 says “Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” I’ve always said that God’s plan for me and us is always two things: different than our plans, and better than our plans. I can’t wait for that day too. Someday.
I have an Accounting exam tomorrow, and it is exactly 2 AM as I write this, but for some reason I can’t stop thinking of this. I feel like it took me far too long as a Christian to break out of that “I’m a 21st Century Christian and I’m too cool for old people music like hymns” mindset that so many of us have from middle school to college/maturity. While Lincoln Brewster may not rip a nasty solo in the middle of run, DC*B may not play one with a Guitar Hero controller, nor will you hear them routinely on K-LOVE, but the fact is that hymns are some of the most simple, majestic, and timeless avenues to truly praise God. In no way am I saying that “you can only praise God through song if it’s a hymn.” I’m saying there are no solos, extravagance, or theological filler that take away from the root message. They are filled with such truth and glory that it is sometimes impossible for me not to let a tear slip out. I’m smiling and holding a few back as I type : )
The bottom line, kids, is that you should not reject these songs. Whether you don’t like how they sound with an organ, they played them at the old church you left, or it’s not cool to choose them for youth group, you will learn to appreciate them as your knowledge of the debt that was paid for you grows. If you’re looking for a starting point, I’d recommend Jesus Paid it All, In Christ Alone, Come Thou Fount, It Is Well, and On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand.
Come quickly Lord Jesus,
why have teams paid McNabb millions of dollars for past-his-prime mediocre performance?
All but one of the blogs I follow have profile pictures where the subject (author of the blog) is looking to the right. Some psych major should analyze that. In other news, college is amazing. 12 foot bonfires, grilling, smores, chapel, good friends, and the beautiful Midwest have made this the greatest time in my life.