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01mightyToday was a crummy end to a pretty crummy week for me. I’m not going to get into it, but it’s been a rough ride. I don’t know if you wanna call it the devil, the accuser, or such things as negative self talk, but man, after the high of my retreat a couple of weekends ago it seems like things have been conspiring to get me down.

And I hate to say it, but it’s worked.

I’ve sought comfort a lot this week. I’ve prayed (a lot), read scripture (a lot), bounced things off of some people I trust (a lot), and even took a two and a half hour drive to clear my head (and I HATE driving!) These things have had various degrees of success.

This afternoon, between trips to the bathroom (I told you I was miserable), I was working on two things: putting some notes together for my dad who is teaching my adult Sunday School class this weekend and putting the finishing touches on a sermon that I get to preach in another town on Sunday. I had hit a block on both fronts. My cat was sitting on my bed attempting to chew her way into my nasal spray (she failed) and this song came up on my playlist.

It was what I needed. I love the message it brings. No mountain is too big for God to move, and indeed what seems like an insurmountable pass to me (which is kind of where I feel like I’m at) is but a step to Him.

Also, I had a real moving experience with this song on my retreat a couple of weeks ago. It was just two acoustic guitars and about 30 guys sitting in a small chapel area singing this song. Guys can be reluctant to really sing sometimes, but something was different this time. The Spirit was afoot. It started out ordinarily as ever but when the chorus hit everyone just belted it out.

SAVIOR HE CAN MOVE THE MOUNTAINS! OUR GOD IS MIGHTY TO SAVE.

…and it just kept going like that.  When the song was over the guitarists just stopped and the Spiritual Director wisely just let the moment sit there and bathe us in it’s power.

I’m not saying it was Pentecost II: The Sequel, after all there were no tongues of fire, but you’ll forgive us if we felt like that for a minute. Hearing this song today brought back that memory and warmed my heart all over again, and I desperately needed that.

I’m not under the delusion that God is going to move this mountain out of my way. I’ve asked for that, and the answer is clearly no. He must have something to teach me from it. My job is to submit to that and let Him lead me through, which I know He will, because he is MIGHTY TO SAVE!

Well, everyone needs compassion
A love that’s never failing
But let mercy fall on me
Well everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Savior
The hope of nations
My Savior
He can move the mountains
My God is Mighty to save
He is Mighty to save
Forever
Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave
So take me as You find me
All my fears and failures
And fill my life again
I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in
And now I surrender
(I surrender)
Savior
He can move the mountains
My God is Mighty to save
He is Mighty to save
Forever
Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave
Savior
He can move the mountains
My God is Mighty to save
He is Mighty to save
Forever
Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave
Shine your light and let the whole world see
We’re singing for the glory of the risen King
Jesus
Shine your light and let the whole world see
We’re singing for the glory of the risen King
Savior
He can move the mountains
My God is Mighty to save
He is Mighty to save
Forever
Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave
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