on fixing.

January 5, 2007

i decided to go grab a coffee from a local coffee shop and while driving, “fix you” by coldplay came on. one of the things i have learned most from time spent listening to rob bell is that “everything is spiritual.” there are no compartmentalizations in life. “christian” doesn’t really work as an adjective. that said, i do believe the most spiritual song i have heard is “fix you.” really, there is this ethereal quality about the song that affects me everytime i hear it. maybe its because when i hear it i am reminded that i can’t fix myself.

Jesus.

the embodyment of hope and healing. redemption and new life.

He is who i must go to. He is the one capable of fixing me even as i tirelessly attempt to bandage myself by way of various sermons, people, programs, and books. when the bandages stop sticking, something rather humbling happens and i realize my error.

and i go to the one who knows like no other how to fix me.

God always answers, one way or another,
even when people don’t recognize his presence.
In a dream, for instance, a vision at night,
when men and women are deep in sleep,
fast asleep in their beds-
God opens their ears
and impresses them with warnings
To turn them back from something bad they’re planning,
from some reckless choice,
And keep them from an early grave,
from the river of no return.
Or, God might get their attention through pain,
by throwing them on a bed of suffering,
So they can’t stand the sight of food,
have no appetite for their favorite treats.
They lose weight, wasting away to nothing,
reduced to a bag of bones.
They hang on the cliff-edge of death,
knowing the next breath may be their last.
But even then an angel could come,
a champion-there are thousands of them!-
to take up your cause,
A messenger who would mercifully intervene,
canceling the death sentence with the words:
‘I’ve come up with the ransom!’
Before you know it, you’re healed,
the very picture of health!
Or, you may fall on your knees and pray-to God’s delight!
You’ll see God’s smile and celebrate,
finding yourself set right with God.
You’ll sing God’s praises to everyone you meet,
testifying, ‘I messed up my life-
and let me tell you, it wasn’t worth it.
But God stepped in and saved me from certain death.
I’m alive again! Once more I see the light!’
This is the way God works.
Over and over again
He pulls our souls back from certain destruction
so we’ll see the light-and live in the light!

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2 Responses to “on fixing.”

  1. shaunna Says:

    yes…yes…yes! i resonate with those words. jesus. he IS.

    lace, i miss you already!!! talk to you soon!

  2. Victor Says:

    He is the one capable of fixing me even as i tirelessly attempt to bandage myself by way of various sermons, people, programs, and books.

    I know the feeling.

    I know the feeling.


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