The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:23
My family and I were on our annual vacation when I had the opportunity to watch the movie, “I can only imagine.” What a powerful movie about God’s grace, mercies and redemption when we least deserve it. Today, I want to focus on the writer of the song Bart Millard.
Bart didn’t have an easy life, he saw a lot of injustice at home as a child and even experienced his father’s wrath more than once. Both in the form of physical and emotional abuse. I know that most of us can relate to living experiences as a younger child that could have crippled us from being all that God wants us to be. For example, Joseph and the trajectory of his life comes to mind. David and his experience with a crazy king also comes to mind. What about John the Baptist and all the folks that hated him because of his message. Rahab and Mary Magdalene and their not so stellar past! All of us have experiences that we lived through or are currently living through that should stop us dead in our tracks if we ALLOW it to.
However, we serve a God that has an endless supply of mercy. Can you believe that they are new each and every day? He knew before he formed us in our mother’s womb that we would need them new, each and every morning. Funny enough, the band that Bart was a part of was called Mercy Me. God’s mercy is in the forefront of all that we are and will be.
You see, Bart didn’t only experience rejection in the hands of his human father but also from the music industry. They said that “he is not ready” and probably would never be ready. They didn’t see someone special in him or in his music.
If we wait and allow the world to approve or validate the gift that God has placed in us, we may never live out all that God intends for us.
Sometimes what we need in our lives are the “naysayers”. Because it’s through them that we become stronger and more determined to live out God’s dreams and destiny for our lives. We choose the highroad, we choose not to be discouraged, we must choose to keep going each and every day!
In 1999, Bart went on to sing his song in front of an audience of thousands for the first time and it was a huge hit. The song was formally released in 2001 and I can remember my daughters singing it in our children’s church, youth rallies, and even our own adult church services. That song transports you to the presence of God. “I can only Imagine” went on to win 5 Platinum awards and sold over 2.5 million records and translated into several languages. It has even requested in secular radio around the world.
My friend, whether you’re in a holding pattern or are living through some type of rejection….keep going. Your greatest “hit” is in the process of developing and maturing into more than you can imagine!
For now, Just Breathe