THIS IS NO TIME FOR FEAR
THIS IS A TIME FOR FAITH AND DETERMINATION
DON’T LOSE THE VISION HERE
CARRIED AWAY BY THE MOTION
HOLD ON TO ALL THAT YOU HIDE IN YOUR HEART
THERE IS ONE THING THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN TRUE
IT HOLDS THE WORLD TOGETHER:
GOD IS IN CONTROL
These words are taken from the song “God is in Control” by Twila Paris. They were written a very long time ago. If we are going to stand and fight and believe for Jahar, they must become our theme song.
“Read this and grow calm in the sweetness of truth:
God knows exactly where you are and what you are facing. His goodness is touched with your need. His love surrounds in an intimacy unknown in human relationship.
Stop now. Breathe it in. Receive it. Lie still in it and know that God is good, and He loves you now in this moment!”
Those words were written by Mark Rutland, author, missionary, preacher, and my former pastor. He is an amazing man. He taught me to believe in an amazing God.
“I added it up, I knew that I’d lost her, ‘cause I was never gonna get off that island. I was gonna die there, totally alone. I mean, I was gonna get sick or I was gonna get injured or something. The only choice I had, the only thing I could control, was when and how and where that was gonna happen. So… I made a rope. And I went up to the summit to hang myself. But I had to test it, you know… of course! You know me. And the weight of the log snapped the limb of the tree. So I couldn’t even kill myself the way I wanted to. I had power over nothing!
And that’s when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket. I knew, somehow, that I had to stay alive. Somehow. I had to keep breathing, even though there was no reason to hope. And all my logic said that I would never see this place again.
So that’s what I did. I stayed alive. I kept breathing.
And then one day, that logic was proven all wrong, because the tide came in, gave me a sail. And now, here I am. I’m back, in Memphis, talking to you. I have ice in my glass. And I’ve lost her all over again! I’m so sad that I don’t have Kelly. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island.
And I know what I have to do now… I gotta keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?”
– from the movie “Cast Away”
– spoken by the character played by Tom Hanks
Sentencing for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been set for June 24, 2015. That day will undoubtedly be a painful one, marked by fear and heaviness of heart for many who love this young man. I love him too but I refuse to abandon hope. I choose to believe that the legal proceedings on June 24 are nothing more than another event in the series of events that I maintain are being overseen and orchestrated by Almighty God as He accomplishes His divine purpose in the life of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In my heart of hearts, I believe Dzhokhar sees it that way too.
On that day, when evening came, He said to them,”Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him,”Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea,”Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them,”Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” Mark 4:35 – 41
I stumbled upon the song “Keep Breathing” by Kerrie Roberts a few years ago. It was late at night and I was sitting alone at my computer, in the grip of clinical depression. I was seriously considering suicide again, and this song penetrated the fog of anguish that held me. It made me cry and that was a good thing.
I did not attempt suicide that night, or the next. Today, I am glad to be alive, depression free, committed to doing my part, with what I have to offer to help not only Dzhokhar, but those who love him and struggle with the helplessness that comes with facing a giant.
Here is the link to the You Tube video of Kerrie Roberts powerful live performance of “Keep Breathing.”