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heart songs

I really (really) love music…. and, I listen to the lyrics. Which seems like the main reason you would like a song but apparently people also like music for the beat and other things. What those other things are, I have no clue. lol……

At the end of my posts, I would attach a link to the ‘post jam’, or the song I listened to while I posted. I loved that and should probably begin again. There’s been a lot of music that has recently tugged at my little heart.

Hillsong United’s Captain has been my jaaaaaam for the past couple of weeks. The last couple of years hasn’t been easy at all for me, for two very different reasons, but they both have left my heart very broken. And, for me, Captain, is the anthem of the heartbroken. Not because it’s this sad ballad that make you want to cry in a dark room while you eat a pint of Haagen-Dazs but because its encouraging.

This song stirs my soul and brings tears to my eyes… I’ve even sobbed a few times listening to it.

The song reminds you that we are often called away from the ‘safe’ and ‘comfortable’ into dark and hard situations that do often hurt, but that we’re led and comforted by the same God that calls us. He doesn’t call us or drop us into chaos for nothing… but to mature us and glorify Him. And, after it all he even gives us some pretty sweet blessings once we’ve reached the other side.

After the whirlwind of loss and heartbreak, I come out whole, more mature, and with a deeper understanding of bigger picture of Christian life. Not perfect, just a bit stronger and wiser. Even more willing to trust God without fighting and more eager to ‘follow Him straight into the dark’ knowing that His plan for every person involved in that chaos will be play out & benefit us all.

When we’re out in the dark, bumping around, trying to feel our way in fear, falling and bleeding, it’s hard to believe that good can come from it. It’s hard to want to continue putting effort into working so hard to get to the good. Knowing that the good we want may not be the good that God has planned for us. And, that’s scary. Because God’s good doesn’t always mean easy and bright.

Even though I had to watch the YouTube video with lyrics to understand the words the first few times I listened to the song (but still listen – it’s beautiful!) , it’s one I have etched into my memory. It’s the perfect little reminder that the Lord is not only with me but guiding me, making my paths straight, protecting me, comforting me, and watching over me.

This is the brokenhearted’s anthem because it’s the song of the fearful who turned brave. The song of the one who once didn’t trust but has learned to ‘follow his voice straight into the dark.’

Post Jam: Hillsong United Captain


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