One of my favorite things to do is listen to music. It soothes me, calms me and encourages me like nothing else. It’s no wonder that whenever I feel distressed, anxious or worried, music is the first thing I run to. Have you ever heard a song that says exactly what you’re feeling and thinking in a way you could have never expressed? That’s exactly the feeling I had when I heard the song “Nothing Else” by Cody Carnes. It’s a song about self-reflection and repentance regarding how we live our lives; our motives; how we often go through the motions; check off our to-do-lists; and sometimes even forget about God.
The song goes on to talk about being caught up in God’s presence and just wanting to sit at His feet; not asking for anything, just wanting Him. I believe that God has been wanting me/us to come and sit at His feet, and to just want Him. Not for what He can do, but because He is God. Because of our busyness, we often put things before Him such as our families, friends, jobs, plans, money, and entertainment; all of which are good and enjoyable aspects of life, but should never take the place of the Lord being first in our lives.
If you think about what’s going in our county and the world regarding the public health crisis we are facing, we can see that the Lord has allowed this event to occur to strip us from all of our props and to get our attention for one simple reason; for us to turn to Him. He wants us to seek Him, and we do that through prayer and saturating ourselves with His word.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7:14(ESV)
We take so much for granted in our lives; waking up, going to church, going to school, visiting friends, going out to eat, attending sport’s events, and now these everyday activities are what so many of us long to do again. And we will, Lord willing, hopefully sooner than later. But when the Lord lifts His hand, and everything gets back to “normal” will we remember Him? Will we seek Him like we did when we were scared and anxious? Will we read our Bibles and pray like we did when everything seemed to be going wrong? Or will we return to our old ways. The Lord knows our hearts, and I want Him to see mine as repentant and pure. I want Him to be convinced that I don’t want anything but Him.
“Prove me O Lord and try me: test my heart and mind.” Psalm 26:2(ESV)