Saturday, November 29, 2008

Everything Old is New Again

Have you ever had one of those times when you think of something from your past, something that you've known forever and it just seems like a new thought? Let me explain what I mean.

About 5 years ago I was taking the boys to basketball camp. We were driving down a back road and we were singing away to one of the songs we'd recently learned at the camp my parents helped run. Thank the good Lord I had both boys buckled safely in their booster seats because suddenly the cars in front of me stopped and I had no choice but to veer off the road. Unfortunately, where I veered was right into the wooded lot on the side of the road. There was quite a bit of damage to my car but God was watching over us and no one was hurt.

The other day I was driving down the road and for whatever reason I started thinking about that wreck and how blessed we were that the damage was only to the car and not to any of us. We came so close to truly being harmed. It happened long ago but suddenly it was new again.

Maybe the most recent and most meaningful of these little moments was actually more of an epiphany for me.

Webster defines as epiphany as "a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience. "

So here's what happened. I was cleaning house and listening to music on my iPhone. My newest favorite song came on and I started listening- really listening- to the lyrics. Suddenly I realized something that I had known for many years- but I heard it with new ears. I saw it with new eyes. I understood it with a depth that I hadn't before.

Here are the lyrics that suddenly took my breath away:

"One of these days I'm gonna see the hands that took the nails for me"

Yes, I have known for most of my life that one day I'm gonna die and when I do I'm gonna go to heaven. But wait...did you see what those words above said? Did you really SEE them?? Did you understand them? I "knew" them. I "understood" them, or I thought I did until I heard the song again.

Let me type them out again for you.

"One of these days I'm gonna see the hands that took the nails for me"

Suddenly I KNEW something NEW. One day I'm gonna get to SEE JESUS! Did you hear that. One of these days I'M GONNA GET TO SEE JESUS. Yes, I know I'm shouting it. But goodness gracious, if there is anything worth shouting it's those words.

People, I AM GONNA SEE JESUS!!! Do you understand how wonderful that is? Do you realize what that means?? I sure hope you do 'cause boy I no now.

Like my title says- "Everything old is new again." I've known this for a long time- but now I KNOW it!!!

Listen to the song- I hope it will bring new meaning to your life as well!


Smelling Coffee said...

What a great reminder - and I, too, feel your joy! Thanks for sharing it!!! :-)

Darryl said...

Holly Cow what a powerful song. I can't wait to see those hands either.