Equally Skilled

From the first time I heard one of Jon Foreman’s songs, all of his songs have spoken to my soul. His songs aren’t upbeat, but they make me feel safe and at peace; I had not understood why this was. This morning, I finished reading the book of Micah. While reading, I came across a verse and instantly thought of a song by Jon Foreman. After I was done reading, I went to my room to listen to some music, and after scrolling through a few artists I ended up listening to Jon Foreman. I went down to the song that I had remembered this morning and as I listened to the lyrics, tears began to fill my eyes. It made sense! The reason why his songs speak to me and give me a sense of peace is that the come from the words of the One who gives me peace. The words of the songs were God’s words layered with the notes of an acoustic guitar. There are no words more precious than those who breathe life into me; there are no songs more precious than those that remind me of such words.

Equally Skilled by Jon Foreman

How miserable I am
I feel like a fruitpicker who arrived here
after the harvest
There’s nothing here at all
There’s nothin at all here that could placate my hunger

“What misery is mine! I am like one who gather summer gruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs that I crave” -Micah 7:1

The godly people are all gone
There’s not one honest soul left alive here on this planet
We’re all murders and theives
Setting traps here for even our brothers

“The godly have been swept from the land; not one upright man remains. All men lie in wait to shed blood; each hunts his brother with a net” -Micah 7:2

And both of our hands
Are equally skilled
At doing evil
Equally skilled
At bribing the judges
Equally skilled
At perverting justice
Both of our hands
Both of our hands

Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts. the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire- they all conspire together” -Micah 7:3

The day of justice comes
And is even now swiftly arriving
Don’t trust anyone at all
Not your best friend or even your wife

“The day of your watchmen has come, the day God visits you… Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace” -Micah 7:4-5

For the son hates the father
The daughter despises even the mother
Look! Your enemies are right
Right in the room of your very household

“For a son dishonor his father, a daughter rises up against her mother” -Micah 7:6


And both of their hands are equally skilled

No, don’t gloat over me
For though I fall, though I fall
I will rise again

Though I sit here in darkness
The Lord, the Lord alone
He will be my light

I will be patient as the Lord
Punishes me for the wrongs
I’ve done against him

After that he’ll take my case
Bringing me to light and to justice
For all I have suffered

“Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen I will rise. Though I sit here in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the Lord’s wrath, until he pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness” -Micah 7:9

And both of his hand are equally skilled
At ruining evil
Equally skilled
At judging the judges
Equally skilled
Administring justice
Both of his hands
Both of his hands are equally skilled
At showing them mercy
Equally skilled
At loving the loveless
Equally skilled
Administring justice
Both of his hands
Both of his hands

Woven

 

Lately¬†there have been pending decissions in my to-do list. They have mostly been about next school year’s housing plans. In my mind, the decission to live in an intentional community comes from wanting to live with other, wanting from and share with our peers. Throughout this past week, I’ve been doubting my idea of intentional living. But I’ve also been reading an inspiring book. This is a passage that reminded me why we must live together in fellowship and discipleship, despite our cultural background, skin color, and age:

“If we are not careful, in all of our infatuation with ourselves we lose the secret of Jesus… When we spend so much time looking in the mirror, we are no longer looking at Jesus. That’s exactly what discipleship is all about, surrounding ourselves with folks who remind us of Jesus, and hoping they rub off on us a little. As one of my friends says, ‘Discipleship means finding a Rabbi we follow so closely that we get covered in the dust behind him.’ Intentional community is just choosing a group of folks to do life with because they will move us closer to the person God wants us to be” (97).¬†Follow Me To Freedom

My hope is that next year we might be so involved in one another’ lives that we might grow together. I hope we enlighten one another with our knowledge, and that we may lead each other closer to the calls God is prompting us to answer.

Resolutions

As rough as it is to admit, this is the proof that Johnson has left a mark in my life. I believe this to be the first time I write a resolution. It’s not that I have something against them, I simply believed that writing something down did not mean I could or would accomplish it. My beliefs on resolution have not changed, but maybe writing it down would serve as a reminder that I should worry about meeting the goals that I have set before me.

These are my resolutions for the summer:

1. Journal and pray daily

2.Read my Bible.

3. Read a book weekly.

4. Excersise for a minimum of 15 minutes daily.

5. Eat as little meat as possible (beef, chicken, fish, etc).

6. Blog at least three times a week.

7. Hone graphic design skills.

8. Finish the short story I began writing over spring break.

This is where my list of resolutions will end, for now. There are probably many more things that I should think about accomplishing this summer, but these I should give greater priority. I thought of another one:

9. Don’t bite my nails.