Mar. 30, 2019

Shallow

“I will give you treasures hidden in dark and secret places. Then you will know that I, the LORD God of Israel, have called you by name.” Isaiah 45:3

I am weird. Well, I’m different. I do not fit into a lot of Christian circles. I have discovered the Methodist handle me much better than the Baptist. My point is what I am about to share may shock you, make absolutely no sense to you, or sound dumb. I can’t (and won’t) apologize for being myself. I see God in the strangest places.

For example, I love this song. I loved the song the first time I heard it while watching the most recent installment of, “A Star is Born.” I’ve loved the song through the multiple times I watched the movie (I’m weird like that) and the estimated 1,000 times I’ve listened to the song. Again – weird.

Let me get one issue out of the way: I love Lady Gaga. “Not very Christian,” you might say. I disagree. I believe Lady Gaga needs Christians to love her. She was a plain-Jane, bullied young girl with a powerful voice who couldn’t make it past the gatekeepers of the music industry because she was too ordinary and “ugly” (their words; not mine). Watch “A Star is Born.” She played the role because there are a lot of similarities to her own life. Even the language. Most especially the language. <ugh>

This song has helped me over the past six weeks because it’s about digging deeper into our souls. Oh, yes, it is a love song between two characters in a movie, but it is much more than that to me. This song describes my life for the past six weeks. We’ve had more than our fair share of scares and tragedies. If Satan thought we were a shallow family, he’s the fool.

I prayed, “Thy will be done,” and meant it regardless of the outcomes. I knew God was taking me to a deeper place – a sacred space. I still sing these words every time I leave the facility where my dad temporarily resides. “I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in, I’ll never meet the ground. Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us. We’re far from the shallow now.” Where some sing a love song, I sing a survival song. Taking the plunge where faith is our only buoyancy.

Don’t get it? Maybe you’re not supposed to. God gets it. That’s all that matters.

In all things, even a Lady Gaga song, look for Him. Maybe not in this song, but I believe God will pick a customized way to speak to you. Moses had a burning bush. Balaam had a talking donkey. God used a Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper song to comfort and strengthen me. Look for God in all things. He always shows up. Seek and you will find (Matthew 7:7).