What Makes You Come Alive

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“… Perhaps we could say, then, that being an artist has something to do with being brave enough to move toward what makes you come alive.”  – Emily Freeman, A Million Little Ways

A girls’ weekend on the coast.  A long drive there and back with great talks and good music.  A long walk on the beach with my toes in the sand.  A chance to relax and read and journal (and nap!).  All this adds up to a well-needed time of rejuvenation in my life.  Here part of a journal entry I wrote:

“Now sitting here on the beach with my back against some driftwood and my toes all sandy! … There is something so relaxing and peaceful about sitting here with the gentle sea breeze and the roar of the ocean in the background.  Gotta love it!  Watching the waves crash and roar ceaselessly toward the shore feels somewhat spiritual too.  The never-ending love of God that washes over me is what comes to mind.  I can see a bit of blue sky and sun far off in the distance in the midst of all the clouds.  The mighty vastness of the ocean far past the horizon beckons to my soul.  It calls me to dream, calls me to ponder, calls me to slow down and think deeper than usual.

Lord, what do you want me to get here, what is it you want me to see?  I feel the greatness of who You are – the fact that I could never begin to figure you out just as I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around the depth and length and breadth of the mighty Pacific ocean in front of me.

A refrain from this song comes to mind,  “…as Your love in wave after wave crashes over me, crashes over me.”  Just looked up all the verses of You Make Me Brave and here they are:

I stand before You now
The greatness of your renown
I have heard of the majesty and wonder of you
King of Heaven, in humility, I bow

As Your love, in wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us
You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
You made a way for all to enter in

I have heard You calling my name
I have heard the song of love that You sing
So I will let You draw me out beyond the shore
Into Your grace
Your grace

You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the love that made a way

You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the promises you made
You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves

This song totally ties in with the Emily Freeman quote about being brave enough to move toward what makes you come alive.  Funny how what drew me to the song was thinking about the waves and the greatness of God’s love crashing over me.  But when I really stopped to dig into it what that stood out to me was the refrain “You make me brave!”  And how that fits so closely with what stood out to me earlier in the quote from A Million Little Ways, …Perhaps we could say, then, that being an artist has something to do with being brave enough to move toward what makes you come alive.”

The connection never crossed my mind before but now I can’t stop thinking about it.  How if I want to be brave then it is God who will be the One to help with this.  I can’t (and I don’t have to) muster up the courage on my own.  Maybe this is where Emily is going with this book but for me, for now, this is an “Ah-ha moment.”

It is scary to initiate change, to dream big dreams and go after them.  But it seems less scary to simply follow the joy God gives as we live out and live into the person He created us to be.  Help me to remember this!”

(Read more in my previous blog posts about “My Dreams Vs. God’s Dreams” here and here)

Love to Hear Your Thoughts!