Thursday, April 14, 2005

Remember Him

As I was listening to K-Love this morning, I was really touched by a couple of the things that were said. The morning show hosts, Jon and Sherry Rivers, recently did their show in Nashville and got visited by pretty much all the major Contemporary Christian artists. So this morning they were playing back some of the conversations they'd recorded during that time. The first one I heard this morning was their conversation with Michael W. Smith, and Jon related his experience two years ago that led him and his wife to adopt an Asian girl. It was a real testament to how God knows what we need in our lives, and gives us promptings from the Spirit to tell us what to do.

A little later, they had somebody talking about a man who went up to some important musician or some such (can't remember who), and said that the day before he had been on a bridge about to commit suicide when he saw the billboard saying this guy was coming into town. He remembered the impact that the guy had had on him when he was younger, and decided that he at least needed to stick around to hear what he had to say. The "important" guy told him, "You know that's a permanent solution to a temporary problem," and the person telling the story encouraged everybody to remember that whatever we may be going through right now, it will pass and we will move on, so make sure that you can and do move on when that time comes. I've struggled with depression before, and I can testify to the truth of that. What you're going through now will pass, but there are certain choices that will have everlasting consequences. Suicide can never be "undone," and you only get one shot at this life, so please don't end it on a bad note.

At this point, I was really feeling touched by the Spirit, and just a little bit emotional, and then Mark Schultz's "Remember Me" came on, and my eyes started to well up with tears. I could tell that is was the Spirit nudging me, but I couldn't figure out why I was on the verge of crying until the second verse came on:

Remember me
When the color of the sunset fills the sky
Remember me
When you pray and the tears of joy
fall from your eyes

It was then that I realized, these were tears of joy. I remembered listening yesterday to Alma Ch. 26, where Ammon glories in the Lord, just in admiration and gratitude for all that He has done for us.

35 Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all apower, ball wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a cmerciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.

I absolutely loved the entire chapter, and encourage you to read the whole thing. We need to rejoice in God and feel the joy that He intends for us to have. I think this morning, God was just saying, "Hey. Remember Me. Your life is going to get really hectic, but don't let it distract you from Me."

*sigh* :-)

Thank you, Lord.
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