Well, this is a late one! If you missed last week, Firecracker Heart is now updated on Fridays! Typically posts will come out much earlier in the day, but as it turns out I have a lovely cold that has knocked me off my feet a bit. Forgive my sneez-y self! Much love.
“God take us back, the place we began
The simple pursuit of nothing but you
The innocence of a heart in your hands
God take us back, Oh God, take us back
To an unswerving faith in the power of your name
A heart beating for your kingdom to reign
A church that is known for your presence again
God take us back
Nothing and no one comes close to you
Nothing could ever come close
Nothing and no one, it’s you, and only you
Nothing could ever come close
Keep our hearts real, keep your grace close
You’re bringing us back
You’re bringing us home.” (Simple Pursuit by Passion)
God uses music in crazy ways right? He uses worship to speak to me often. I was in church last weekend, singing, and He reminded me of something. This whole loving Jesus thing is a lot simpler than we make it out to be.
My life has been absolutely crazy recently. I mean, absolutely insane. And in that madness, God seems to be bringing this to my mind; when life is a blur, my relationship with Him is not. I like to write out my prayers in a journal and the other day I was talking to God about how life can be overwhelming. It was the kind of morning where the day seemed to loom before me. As I was talking to God, I felt Him remind me of a specific verse.
Psalm 46:10b says, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
The rest of chapter 46 speaks to God’s power. Again and Again, it reminds us that God is in control. God has the power to end wars and bring peace. He ultimately has control over all our circumstances.
I am so good at forgetting my place in all this. I try to take on God’s role in my life. Worrying, stress, over-planning, it sure seems to come on easy. Over the past few weeks, I’ve talked to y’all a lot about how there’s freedom in how we spend time with God. That’s been as much of a reminder to myself as it is to you.
Pursuing a relationship with Christ doesn’t come with a list of rules. We don’t all need to look the same or sing the same songs. I included the lyrics above because they just put this in the clearest way. “God take us back, the place we began. The simple pursuit of nothing but you.”
Loving the Lord is “the simple pursuit of nothing,” but the Lord. That lyric invokes a feeling. It reminds me of how I felt the day I was saved. The moment I accepted the grace Jesus offers. When He healed me. I remember that feeling of incredible awe that this amazing, all powerful God would chose me. That He would cover all my hurts and take away my shame. That’s incredible. That’s the beauty of the Gospel.
For those of you who have entered into a relationship with Christ, think back to your own story. Remember what it feels like to just be in complete awe at His splendor. That’s worship. That’s how I want to be living my life.
This is what it’s all about, friends. I’ve let so many distractions enter my life. So many worries and troubles hijack what Jesus is doing in my life. And today, I’m saying enough of that. We might all need to go back to the basics again. I hope this post encourages you to keep falling deeper and deeper in love with this amazing Savior. He certainly loves you.
P.S. That song and many others that draw me closer to the Lord are included in a playlist below!