We have some friends that we have known for many, many years. In addition to being really nice people, they play bluegrass music. Frequent guests at festivals and Silver Dollar City, the Downing Family are talented musicians and produce some excellent tunes. As a disclaimer, I am not a paid spokesman and do not receive any compensation for my writing. 🙂
Their latest CD includes several songs that really speak to me. The truth is, I am not even a big bluegrass fan, but their music always touches my spirit. I enjoy all of the songs on the You’ve Gotta Rest CD, but two in particular are ministering to me every time I listen to them.
One song is entitled, “The Half That’s Not Been Told,” and is a glimpse into heaven. If we really knew what was ahead we would live our lives in a way that mattered here. In addition to the beautiful harmony in the song, is a musical description of what we as believers all long for – heaven. Every one of us wishes that we could catch a glimpse of eternity. Just seeing what is described in this song would help us endure what we must on this side. Come quickly Lord Jesus and reveal what You have for Your children!
While I am enjoying meditating about heaven, my life continues on this side and that is where the second song comes into play. “The Story of Your Life,” is one that brings me to tears every time I listen to it. The lyrics are excellent and if we would simply follow them, our lives would come into focus. Consider these thoughts:
I will write your story again, if you will give your life to Me, I’ll give it back to you. I am the One Who makes everything new, I’ll rewind the years and redeem the time, and I’ll rewrite the story of your life…
Who among us has not wished for this to be true? Who has not regretted bad decisions, harsh words spoken, broken relationships, sinful behavior, and lost days, months, and even years? As humans, our life is populated with joys but also sorrows, heartache, tears. Good days and miserable ones. We have wonderful relationships and some that are not so much. Our earthly life is made up of a mixture of laughter, crying, longings, rejections, fears, pleasure, friendships, enemies, intimacy and being alone.
Our story is written each day as we live our lives. But, and it is a huge, gigantic, wonderful word, God is in the redeeming business. When we go to our Father and run into His arms, He pours His love upon us. God can and does rewrite the story of our lives. When we fall at His feet declaring how unworthy we are of His love, He picks us up and hugs us. He gently says, “I love you. I will make everything new. I will use what you have done, or what has been done to you, in ways you cannot even imagine.”
Is this just a fantasy or is it reality? Paul the apostle was a persecutor of the Church. Before Christ he was full of murderous hatred. Even after Christ, Paul had some serious issues. He argued with Peter, broke fellowship with The Son of Encouragement (Barnabas) and I believe had a fiery temper. This same imperfect man wrote this passage:
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
God is in the redeeming business and I believe loves doing so. Whatever our lives have been up to this point, if we will but run to our Father, He will redeem the time, rewrite our story, and make everything new. Good can and will come out of our darkest days under the loving hand of our Father.
I am not saying there will be no more pain or consequences from our previous actions. What I am saying is that God loves His children. God is the One who knows all, understands all, and will redeem for His glory. God can make something good even out of the worst situation and the worst of people. He did it for me, and He will do it for you.
If you will give your life to Him, He will redeem and make all things new. Why wait?
Dr. Jeff Klick
PS. Here is the link to the Downing Family website if you are interested: