Friday, September 02, 2005

James 4:13-5:6

I don’t know about the rest of you, but Rob’s sermon last Sunday really got me to thinking about the direction of my life. Then, to top it all off, I came to today’s New Testament reading, James 4:13 – 5:6. Talk about icing on a cake!

This reading is a continuation of letter to the Twelve Tribes. In this excerpt, he is admonishing the reader from being too wrapped up in their own capabilities, in their own arrogance and in their own riches. Instead, he reminds them that we really have no control over our destinies. It will happen if the Lord wishes it to. He goes on to say that riches will rot, clothes will become moth-eaten and treasure will become rusted. The only way to go is to submit yourself to God.

Verse 14 really spoke to me: “For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” This reminds me of a favorite song of mine which is on the first Casting Crowns (not Counting Crows) CD, which I bought at CreationFest 2004. They sang there and I really was taken by their lyrics and their music. The song “I Am Yours” (which I don’t believe they sang at CreationFest but is on the CD) includes the following words:

Who Am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love and watch me rise again?
Who Am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me?
Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are
I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours, I am Yours

In thoughtful prayer,
Vicki Nelson

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