3 Tips from Ghost Stories, Jesus, and the Dark Night of the Soul
I recently woke to a beautiful Sunday morning. I grabbed my car keys and headed to the coffee shop. I also needed to pick up a few items at the art store before heading to church.
These moments of time in the car driving with good tunes are the moments when inspiration and ideas come flooding in. Except on this day, God had something else in store…
I turned on one of my favorite new albums by Coldplay “Ghost Stories.” The first track is “Always in my head.” I’m sure Chris wrote this song for different reasons, but this song rang a message to me: gratitude. I drove as my life passed before my mind; it was a highlight reel of the past year and the year to come.
Overwhelmed, I drove as tears started flooding my eyes. I thought about my wife; never have I loved a human being more than this woman. I also thought about my children, and the gift of their lives, their smiles, and creativity. My team and the truth they speak into my life along with their support. My relationships, the friends and lives that have touched the days of each year and the value they have brought.
Most importantly, these thoughts led me to the reminder of God’s constant pursuit of my heart. Even when I’m distracted or out of sync, His love never fails. It never gives up on me. I’m overwhelmed by love of God. That He cared about me enough to send His son to save me from myself. I thought about the years of challenges and situations that taught me the reality and magnitude of His love for me and us.
Dark nights of the soul or seasons that seem unbearable are the crucible that creates the capacity to receive, store, and experience Gods glory.
We have so much to be thankful for.
These sorts of thoughts are “always in my head.”
Here’s the link to listen to the track: http://open.spotify.com/track/0FMjqbY3aWo1QDbo3GwXib
What are you most grateful for as you take a moment to think about it? Now, as a result of this reality, what do you plan to do? I’d love for you to leave a comment below and share this with others.