Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Great Adventure

It's funny how songs can evoke such emotions in us. No matter how you are feeling, there is a song that describes it exactly. Because of my upcoming divorce, I absolutely can't stand to hear any song having to do with love...I have to literally change the station. I thought I knew what love was and I was mistaken and hearing songs about "true love", "never going to leave you", "my one and only" just turns my stomach right now. I know I will be singing a different tune some day, but not now.

There is one song that I heard that really does speak to me in a powerful way. On the very first Sunday after we decided to get a divorce, we went to church pretending that everything was just fine and our praise band played a song that floored me. I had never heard it before, but the song is like 15 years old. It's called "The Great Adventure" by Steven Curtis Chapman.

The song is about the great adventure that awaits us when we finally decide to follow Him wherever He leads us. How Gods grace has set us free and how wonderful life can be if you just let go and "saddle up your horses" and ride with God.

I also see this song on another more personal level and that is the great adventure that has been presented to me. I have the opportunity to start set forth on another adventure, one that is uncertain but certain to be interesting.

On that Sunday, when the praise band played that song it really spoke to me and I knew it was a message from God for me not to be afraid of the next adventure, that everything would be fine if I just rode with God and let Him lead the way.

Click in the picture below to hear the song on YouTube...

The Great Adventure - Steven Curtis Chapman

Started out this morning in the usual way
Chasing thoughts inside my head of all I had to do today
Another time around the circle try to make it better than the last

I opened up the Bible and I read about me
Said I'd been a prisoner and God's grace had set me free
And somewhere between the pages it hit me like a lightning bolt
I saw a big frontier in front of me and I heard somebody say "let's go"!

Saddle up your horses we've got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God's amazing grace
Let's follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other - this is The Great Adventure

Come on get ready for the ride of your life
Gonna leave long faced religion in a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons just waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for

1 comment:

Jim said...

Hello James,

When I went through my divorce I loved to hear "Don't go away mad, just go away", "Brick" by Ben Folds Five, "Good Riddance" by Green Day, "Crutch" by Matchbox 20, "Kyle's mom is a bitch" song from South Park, "These Boots are Made For Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra and, most of all, "Black No. 1" by Type O Negative. Outside of just loving Type O the line "Loving you was like loving the dead" was just so appropriate for me.

Hang in there buddy! I'll be here to pick you up (and carry you forward, kicking and screaming, if I have to. I promise to help you get through this.

- Jim