This morning, I am thanking God for what He taught me through my good friend, David Stimson. David is a talented musician, and just as my day was getting started, I saw a post he made yesterday with a new song: "Be Still (Come & Live)" on his Soundcloud page. I started playing it as I checked my dozens of unread emails and prepared for the first retreat with me being full-time staff at Camp Wilderness Ridge, and suddenly, these lyrics hit me:
"Look up and be still
open up and be filled
Come on out and stretch your legs
There's freedom to roam where there's no death
Shake the dust off your bones
The Lord will come to carry us home"
Whoah. I am totally rushing into so many new things right now, and there are so many stressors. I have a to do list for our living quarters that's a mile long, we need to be on top of raising financial support, and I'm just trying to keep up with camp updates and planning for groups to come through the rest of the Fall. It's easy to get sucked into the busyness and leave the Father behind. So I sat on our the porch of our temporary home, with the sun rising through the Loblolly Pines, and opened up the Bible.
Psalm 46 talks about a God that is so mighty and in control, that even when things are out of control, we can keep from worry (fear) by looking to Him. It says that He is in the midst of the chaos, and though rivers and mountains may tremble when He utters His voice, He stands unchanged. He is a welcoming fortress and foundation for us to cling to. My prayer for Camp Wilderness Ridge, my home, and family is the same (Psalm 46:10): that we would be still and know that HE is God. That HE will be exalted among the nations. That HE will be exalted in all the earth.
Check out David's Soundcloud. If you listen from top to bottom, I'm certain you'll find something more than enjoyable -- maybe even something beneficial for where you are today.