September 25, 2011

I will rise

When a fire burns, it destroys everything in it's path and turns it into ashes.The idea of ashes have been on my mind a lot lately. When there is some sort of forest fire, it takes a few years for the ashes to be fertile to grow again. I suppose this happens in life, too. You get to a place where you're living in your own ashes and you have got to rebuild and start over. As I ponder this, I realize there is beauty in this. Not only in the growth, but the concept that God never leaves our sides and he is making us new every single day. 

"Into the darkness you shine, out of the ashes we rise" Our God by Chris Tomlin

"Yes I will rise, Out of these ashes rise, From this trouble I have found, And this rubble on the ground I will rise Cause He Who is in me Is greater than I will ever be And I will rise" Rise by Shawn McDonald

These songs all talk about rising up from the despair of life, rising up from whatever has burned you down to the ground. I find it interesting to find that these songs both talk about ashes, and rising up. My first though when I see ashes is not, "how will this rise up?" But God works in ways we do not understand.When Christ died after being hung on the cross, he was dead and put into the ground in a tomb. But he rose from the dead.

1. To assume a standing position after lying, sitting, or kneeling.
2. To move from a lower to a higher position; ascend.
3. To come into existence; originate. 
4. To uplift oneself to meet a demand or challenge.
5. To return to life.

Just like the sunrise is the beginning of a new day, rising up shows newness, beginning, a fresh clean start.

"I will rise when He calls my name, no more sorrow, no more pain. I will rise on eagles wings. Before my God, fall on my knees. I will rise. I will rise." I will rise by Chris Tomlin

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