Last night I had somewhat of a small awakening. I was honored to welcome home the near 100 high school students from their various trips around the world with ETEAM. It was great to worship with them again and to hear their stories. (By the way, there is nothing like worshiping with these students. It’s special… like makes you long for Heaven to worship as one big choir kind of special).
The night began with worship and as a part of the song selection we sang “Oceans” by Hillsong. The song wasn’t new to me. I’ve heard it at least a thousand times. It love the song. It’s sounds. It’s vocals. It has kind of an old school vocal with a modern instrumental twist (that makes sense in my head).
As I listened to the students sing, for some reason or another, the lyrics (what the song is all about) stood out like never before and I was reminded that this song goes far beyond what we hear musically, but rather, it really strikes at the heart of our faith.
These words I found particularly challenging…
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
At first I thought, “I hope these students are allowing these words to sink in deep. I hope they really mean what they are singing.” Within a split second my mind “turned” on me and the Holy Spirit of God challenged me with my own thoughts. I’m the one who needed to hear these words. They needed to sink in deep within my own heart.
Here I was singing a song I’ve heard countless times over and somehow I managed to get lost in the music and the sounds. The song certainly wasn’t at fault, it’s just what we do sometimes. Words were leaving my lips without giving them much thought. I am thankful, however, that in those few moments last night, it was like I was hearing the song for the very first time. May I never get to a point where I am just singing words on a page while getting lost in the music.
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground!