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Carry On

“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow now reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value then they?” Matthew 6:26

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I’m pretty much in denial right now. My way of coping is pretending that this move is not that big of a deal. Seriously. That’s how I keep it together.

But at some point I have to acknowledge that my life is about to change drastically. And that day is sooner rather than later. Our house is closing, bags need to be packed, and the final items in our house need to be sold. Like our fridge and our washer and dryer. We just sold them yesterday and I almost had a melt down. Not because of the items themselves, but because of what they represent.

There’s a song I’ve been playing on repeat that has really captured my heart. It’s not a “Christian” song, but it’s one that could be if you view it that way. It’s called “Carry On,” and it’s from the Disneynature movie Bears.

The movie is a documentary of a mama bear, Sky, and her two cubs, Scout and Amber. It follows their first year as they search for food, confront danger, and struggle to survive in a hostile, unforgiving wilderness.

Y’all, sometimes I feel like I live in a hostile, unforgiving wilderness. And I guess I do in the spiritual sense. There is so much going on that we can not see, because as it says in 1 Peter 5:8, “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” He desperately wants to hinder the work that God is doing in Kenya, and he does not want us to be a part of it. He is sly, discouraging, and wants to incite doubt and fear.

The lyrics of this song don’t discount that life is hard and challenging at times, but when those times arise, you carry on. You keep going, because there is someone by your side when impossible things are before you.

Psalm 18:30 says, “This God–his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” 

God is not surprised with the path my family is on. He orchestrated it. He’s planned it from the beginning of time. And He is walking us through it.

When I don’t want to leave family and friends, I remember that Jesus had to leave His Father in Heaven, “not to do [his] own will but the will of him who sent [him].” (John 6:38)

When I struggle with letting go of “stuff,” I remember that Jesus told the rich young ruler to “go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21-22) 

When I worry about not having a home to call my own, I remember that “the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Luke 9:58)

God knows. And He cares. He cares that I struggle with this. He cares that my heart is heavy. And He cares enough to not leave me in this state of self-pity. He is pursuing me, encouraging me to let go of my own dreams, and dream bigger dreams with Him.

Because He will carry me.

 

 

Carry On by Olivia Holt

There’s always gonna be some canyon in the way
There’s always gonna be a river I cannot cross
Somewhere along this path that’s chosen me
I know I’m gonna fall down, feel lost, feel weak
But wherever it leads

No one said this would ever be easy, my love
But I will be by your side when the impossible rises up
We will travel this life well worn
No matter the cost, no matter how long
We will leave our footprints behind
And carry on
Carry on
Carry on
Carry on

Some will write you off before you ever start
Some will say this journey is just too hard
Somewhere between right here and the other side
There will be fear and doubt in the deep dark night
But we will survive, yeah

No one said this would ever be easy, my love
But I will be by your side when the impossible rises up
We will travel this life well worn
No matter the cost, no matter how long
We’ll leave our footprints behind
And carry on
Carry on
Carry on
Carry on

We may fall behind
Lose miles along this road
We will be alright
I will never let you go

No one said this would ever be easy, my love
But I will be by your side when the impossible rises up
We will travel this life well worn
No matter the cost, no matter how long
We’ll leave our footprints behind
And carry on
And carry on
And carry on

 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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