Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

Sometimes your calling, comes in a dream
Sometimes it comes in the Spirit's breeze,
You reach for the deepest part of me,
And call out for the things of eternity.
 
But I'm a man, of dust and stains,
You move in me, so I can say,
 
Here I am, Lord send me,
All of my life, I make an offering,
Here I am, Lord send me,
Somehow my story, Is part of your plan,
Here I am
 
When setbacks and failures, and upset plans,
Test my faith and leave me with empty hands,
Are you not the closest when it's hardest to stand?
I know that you will finish what you began.
 
These broken parts you redeem,
Become the song, that I can sing
 
(Repeat chorus)
 
Overwhelmed by the thought of my weakness,
And the fear that I'll fail you in the end,
In this mess, I'm just one of the pieces,
I can't put this together but you can.

 

TID-bits

Remember a TV show called the “New Yankee Workshop?”   It was hosted by a carpenter by the name of Norm Abram.   Norm would take these ordinary pieces of wood and create amazing tables, chairs, desks, and even sofas!

The first thing Norm would do is select the wood.   He’d use some Maple, or some Oak - whatever was best suited for what he was building.   That’s kind of what this song is about -   it’s about us being the wood that the Master Carpenter selects to become a useful creation in the world.

After we’re selected we go through processes where we’re cut, shaped, drilled into, refined and re-formed.   That is what happens in our daily life.   God continually works on us, but once we’re transformed into a creation He can use, He’s not finished with us.   In fact there’s a lifetime of “finishing” that goes on.

At the end of every episode of New Yankee Workshop,   good ol‘ Norm would apply coats of “finish” to his wood creations.   It was a polish that made the furniture even more appealing, and it protected it too!

This song also talks about God finishing what He began, and God will do that to you.   Not only will He create you, but He will also finish you.   When you are created by Him you’ll have His appealing nature to those you meet, and He’ll protect you as the world comes along to scuff and scratch you up.

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  • This song (That song) has a line in it that says “These broken parts you redeem, become the song, that I can sing”
  • In the Bible it says that we are made strong through our weaknesses.
  • If you’re feeling particularly weak in an area today, know that God can use that weakness to show others how He is strong in your life.
  • It just requires you to say “Here I am.   Use me.   Use every part of me, even those things that I’m ashamed of or are having trouble getting control over.”

 

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  • When a piece of pottery gets broken, you can try to glue it back together.
  • But it will never be the same.
  • However, through the cracks of a broken pot, light can shine.
  • We are all cracked pieces of pottery.   Life has chipped away at us.
  • But God’s light can shine through those cracks, and it’s a light that other “cracked pots” just like us can be drawn to.

 

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  • I really like the line in this song (that song) that says “Somehow my story is a part of your plan.”
  • I love the thought that God is helping to both write my story, and use my story at the same time.
  • Each day is a new chapter.
  • And even though chapters can be filled with stress, or trials, or twists or turns,
  • they all move the story along to the ending where all is made clear.
  • Trust that God, the author of your story, is moving you to a satisfying conclusion.

 

    Scripture References

    Isaiah 6:8

    Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”   And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

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    Romans 12:1

    Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.

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    2 Corinthians 12:9-11

    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.   That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

     

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about one of your own “setbacks or failures or upset plans” and how He finished what He began through that.

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    Talk about “being on a path.”   Talk about how your own path of life has had its share of twists and turns.   Turn that around to remind your listeners that God knows where they are on their paths, and He is with them.

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    Either you still live in your hometown or you don’t.   Talk about how God moved you, or how you’ve been moved by Him even if you’ve stayed put.

     

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