My friend, Erinne, and I got to go to the Casting Crowns concert last night. It made for a late, late night, and an early, early morning - but it was so very worth it!
- At the altar (church, worship, bible study, even a Christian concert), everything is clear - you know what you have to do, what you should do, what's right, what's wrong, who you want to talk to about Jesus and His saving power, etc.
- But, that walk down the center aisle is a long one.
- If not in distance, at least for your heart.
- Something happens between the altar and the door.
- All of the sudden, you're outside - on your own, relying on your own faith and your own walk.
- And you start to question.
- You forget that Jesus came through the door with you.
- He's with you - He's ready to help you - no matter what the situation.
One of my favorites of their new songs was "Somewhere in the Middle." It's where I feel like I spend a lot of my time - "somewhere between the hot and the cold . . .somewhere between the new and the old.............fearless warriors in a picket fence, reckless abandon wrapped in common sense, deep water faith in the shallow end . . .we are caught in the middle." I know I'm not my old self - my sinful self - God saved me from that. I also know I've got a long way to go before I'm the creation He made me to be.
Thankfully, He loves me no matter where I am. I am His - whether I've stumbled into a pit, I'm reaching for the stars, or I'm caught somewhere in the middle. What a promise . . .
Thanks, Casting Crowns, for a fabulous evening of worshiping our Lord. Thank you, Lord, for enveloping that auditorium with Your spirit - we were all blessed.