Last year this amazing song called “So Will I” released. I heard about it through a friend and quickly fell in love with the lyrics. It soon started popping up everywhere. The initial lines that hooked me were:
God of your promise, you don’t speak in vain, no syllable empty or void…
The more I listened to the song, the more I got out of it. Then one day the Lord started talking to me about this line about the wind…
…if the wind goes where you send it so will I.
He started saying things like, “The wind doesn’t go just easy places or nice places or lovely smelling places.” I saw the wind blowing. It was blowing all over the place. High in the sky and low on the earth. I saw it go through a cow farm and into their sheds. He asked me, “Are you willing to go to the hard places? The smelly places?”
It’s so easy to sing a song in worship and get caught up with some of the song and not pay attention to others. And when you’re in relationship with Him, He comes and asks these hard questions. It reminds me of how He talked to Peter after He had risen and He meets them on the beach. He so tenderly asks, “Do you love me? Feed my sheep.” Three times. He was definitely trying to get a point across.
I still think about that question. I said yes to Him. I said I would go wherever He sent me. Regardless of timing or detours or what it would look like along the way. Regardless of how it smelled or what the weather was like. I don’t see all of what He is doing but I know that He is taking me to a place where my “trust is without borders.”
He is taking me to a place where He can do all the things He said He would do. But it isn’t always easy. Sometimes it is down right hard. Painful. Frustrating. It is these things, especially the latter, when looked at through the lens of the circumstances instead of who He is. What is His heart for you? For the circumstances you are currently in? What does He want to reveal to you, to give you now? Where is He sending you and how is He meeting you? It is there you will find abundant life even in the midst of not fun places. And with that I will end with a verse I am reminded of:
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5