Above the floodwaters is GOD’s throne from which his power flows, from which he rules the world.
–Psalm 29:10 MSG
Hear our voices rise
Hear our battle cry
We’ve been under the curse
With our arms raised high
Hear us sing tonight
Like the last night on earth
We will rise like the tide
Like dead men
Coming back to life
We are rising
–Rise Above It, Switchfoot
As the flames rise above the tree line in our late autumn bonfire I look above and my eyes are met with clear stars. We have been fortunate enough to experience warmer than normal temperatures this week and a summer-like bonfire was a nice cap to the season. As the smoke rises, I reminisce on how ‘rising above’ is a phrase I’ve heard used in lyrics and guidance given when in the middle of an argument.
Each of us on a journey, there is something always deeper or bigger than what we see at face value. In each person carries a depth of stresses and stories that shape the emotions each are portraying, the reactions they are alluding. Taking things “as is” or at face value isn’t always the full story. We must either rise above these emotions, look further to find a deeper and fuller understanding of our relationships.
Think about the things of Christ and don’t get distracted by the trivial.
Even within ourselves is such depth. We ourselves are fluid beings, and taking the time to explore our emotions, and core beings brings out our truer selves. So, rising above an argument, or the news, or our reality, isn’t a call to dismiss what is. But to look a little deeper. Or perhaps, look above. Where is God in this situation? Let’s remind ourselves to rise above it. To take a step back and acknowledge that God is above all.
“Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”
–Colossians 3:15-17 MSG
When the night is closing in,
Don’t give up and don’t give in.
This won’t last, it’s not the end, it’s not the end
You’re going to be okay