Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: Psalm 37:3-5
25 years ago I wrote a song about America…. about all the places I’d love to see and things I’d love to do.. like playing ‘country rock in Nashville Tennessee’.
Well, this week I got to tick the last two things off from my list of dreams in that song. After recording a classic country/rock album in Nashville I headed west with the SkyPilot and yes… got to finally see the Mississippi River. A 25 year dream come true. I know that does not mean much to most people but for me it is significant. I love how God places dreams in your heart and in time allows you to fulfil them. He delights that we work hard towards our ambitions… but never wants us to worship them. When our dreams are founded in seeking to honour Him and serve His calling on our lives it all comes to completion.
Our dreams are never achieved on our own… it is usually with the help of many friends and at times much sacrifice. Driving across the Mississippi was over in 60 seconds at 65 mph. But in those moments I was reminded of the many people in my life who have been part of my music ministry.. the touring teams.. the countless miles travelled… the memories made… the unforgettable missions trips to remote villages… the miracles… the lives transformed by the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ along the way.
Crossing the Mississippi was for me like a host of angels saying,
“Steve.. keep going!! You are still alive and well and going strong with your call. You dreamed it and the dream took 25 years!! But wow!! the lives impacted for the Kingdom along the way… keep going for it!”
If you’ve been part of my journey, my music, my travels, my family… my dreams over the years. Thank you.
It means a lot.
Pictured: The Interstate 40 Bridge across the Mississippi River.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”. Romans 15:13
In the realm of God’s creation story, the cycle of death and life is never ending. We are reminded of this with every changing season of our lives. His handiwork has a beginning and an end. All of nature is born from the earth and returns to the earth. It is only you and I that have the assurance of eternal life through knowing Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
We arrived in Nashville, Tennessee as the wonder of Spring became so evident on every street corner, in every park and even along the interstate highways. Cherry Blossom tree’s ablaze in a bouquet of spectacular white flowers. Now…. being an Australian bloke I should just walk by and say to myself..”nice tree”.. But no..the little boy inside gets captivated by God’s eternal creativity!!! And before you know it I’m laying on the ground with my camera focussing on some “blooming flowers”..
There’s an old saying.. “take time to stop and smell the roses”. I never used to do that. I was so consumed with all I was doing for God that I neglected to appreciate all that God does for me on any given day, in every changing season. Even the miracle of spring time cherry blossoms inspires me to appreciate the ‘life’ I have in living for Jesus.
Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Take time in the busyness of living to breathe in the wonder of God’s creation around you and in you. Tomorrow’s troubles will take care of themselves.
Thanks for your prayers and partnership as we travel in America at this time.
Pictured: The flowers of the Cherry Blossom tree. Their day in the sun for the Spring of 2012.
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. Proverbs 29:2
Many times throughout his life David cried out to God and asked the question… “How long lord?”… How long will evil men prosper? How long will the wicked be in leadership over the peoples? How long will corrupt governments rule with oppressive power over the peoples? It is true… we sometimes wonder if God has completely abandoned us in a world that seems hell bent on self destruction. The newspapers are filled daily with reports of nations suffering under the rule of leaders whose hearts are from the heart of God.
The Children of Israel, after 400 years of slavery and persecution in the land of Egypt had finally united under the leadership of a man called Moses. They too had been crying out to God “How long?”
They made their mass exodus across the barren wastelands towards the Red Sea where they witnessed a phenomenom. The entire Egyptian army wiped out by God’s judgement. Thousands of men drowned in moments.
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD. “The LORD is my strength and my defense, he has become my salvation. “I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. Exodus 15:1-3
We live in times today where again we ask… “How long Lord?” Wars over the high cost of oil and nuclear threats, oppressive government leadership while nations become bankrupt. Even in our personal lives we have our own enemies and we pray for relief. The good news is… We will one day sing the Song of Moses again. Because of Jesus all sin and evil powers will eventually be wiped out. Like the Israelites on the shoreline… we will sing and worship the Lord for His mighty works.
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. Revelation 15:3-4
Just remember the good guys win in the end so don’t get too anxious about the stuff you see on the news. Keep serving Jesus!!! Amen.
Pictured: A lone oil rig in the high desert region of the Bakersfield Plains in California.