April 21, 2012

Day 21: Interrupted by Lyrics

I'm writing daily this month on being interrupted by grace.  Learn more and join in here.

"cause I got a couple dents in my fender
got a couple rips in my jeans
try to put the pieces together
but perfection is my enemy
on my own I'm so clumsy
but on your shoulders I can see
I'm free to be me
and you're free to be you"
-Francesca Battistelli

This morning, after dropping a friend and her son off for an appointment, this song came on the radio.  It's catchy.  I love the imagery and how it resonates with my experience.

So many years of my life were wasted enslaved by Master Perfection.  Now I live emancipated, on the shoulders of the Almighty, who desires faith and gives freedom.  I've got those rips in my jeans and dents in my fender, but rather than being defined by them (or trying desperately to hide them), they're simple proof of what the Lord can do to glorify Himself in one girl's weakness.  His mercy changes everything.

Do you have dents and rips?  Do you know the God who sets people free?

If you do:
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  Galatians 5:1

If you don't, come to Him; His door and His arms are open:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  John 3:16-18
Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?  And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’  In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.  Luke 15:8-10

Let me know if you'd like to know more.

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