Rock Steady – Behind the Song
Change is inevitable and often in this life. And to be quite honest, I have not been the poster child for dealing with it well. In fact, I would definitely put myself firmly in the “doesn’t deal well with change” category. And that’s something I’ve been working on.
It seems like there are two types of people: the people who dive in headfirst to change, who crave it almost, and see every new opportunity as an adventure. And the second type are those who are more like me: they tend to tread carefully into new territory and get fearful when they don’t know what the new season ahead will be like. After going through many situations where I didn’t know what was going to happen or how life was going to look in the future, I can definitely say that being fearful did not make anything better for me. In fact, I think if I had been able to see the difficult times as adventures (and remembered that “this too shall pass”!), I would have been able to find enjoyment even in the hard times.
I love James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” I love that it talks about the goodness and generosity of God… coupled with His unchanging nature. Gosh, that is such a comfort in times of uncertainty. I love this verse because it flies in the face of those questions we can ask like “did God stop loving me?” or “why has God left me?” and instead, confirms the nature of our incredibly loving Father.
Our church has gone through a huge amount of change over the past few months. It’s been difficult in a lot of ways, because losing people we love is probably the hardest thing we can endure here on earth. The thing that has stood out to me the most however, is the amount of joy and newness that I can sense coming out of our church body IN SPITE OF the tragedy and change we’ve been through. I can only attribute this to that beautiful, good, and unchanging nature of God, who has decided once again, to create beauty out of our ashes. He has given us a declaration of joy, that our church is now going to go on to do even bigger and more things filled with an even larger presence of God. Because our God is triumphant over all things, even death.
The phrase “rock steady” stuck in my mind for a few days, and then it eventually turned into a song. And when God puts something in my mind that sticks like this one did, I know it’s for us, for our family. Even as I write this I can feel that sense of wonder that God is SO GOOD that He would cause so much strength and rejoicing (we make a lot of joyful noise on Sunday mornings!) to come out of our little church. We are loud…and that’s the way God made us
There are times when it feels like shifting sand’s beneath my feet
Nothing ever shakes You God
People come and people go, there is one thing that I know
Nothing ever shakes You God
You bring beauty from the ashes
Strength and hope for every day
When the waters rise around me
You are my sweet hiding place
You’re rock steady, You lead me
Through the dark times when I cannot see
Rock steady, You are to me
I will not be afraid, for I know that You never change
You’re rock steady through all my days
You never change
Beauty for Ashes – Behind the Song
In a continuation of a small series called Behind the Song, Katy explains where the song Beauty for Ashes comes from and how it ministers to her heart.
The Father’s love. It’s something that is irrevocable and unexplainable. And so true and pure. And yet, how hard is it for me to accept it at times? It’s so funny how as humans we create entire religions around working hard and just trying, trying, trying, to earn something that is already ours. We already own it. But we still stress and strain ourselves attempting to deserve it. Why? I don’t feel worthy a lot of the time, so I’m quite sure that is how the rest of humanity feels too! The thing is, is He loves us, period, end of story, that’s it. He loves me, He loves you, and there’s nothing that could ever change that. I’ve read it so many times that neither height nor depth nor angels nor demons could separate me from His love…but it doesn’t always sink in. (more…)
I Trust In You – Behind the Song
Sometimes it puzzles me where the songs I write come from. I mean, I know they came from God of course, but I often wonder how on earth He can use me to deliver these songs. I remember once years ago talking to a woman who I knew and loved about some of the stuff I was struggling with. I told her how I felt like I had very little faith…and sometimes like I had none at all for some of the things God had said to me. She looked at me and said: “Katy, your prayers and songs are so filled with faith…I think it’s very clear that how you feel is not in reality how you are.” Wow. That really made me think. (more…)