Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Growing, Growing, Growing

Last night, I put in a “new” CD while I was washing dishes and cleaning up my kitchen. It was a mix that I had made in April of 2004 at the end of my Freshman year of college. One of the songs that came on was, “Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer”. That song became my theme song for my mission trip to Minsk, Belarus. As I sang along with the song, I thought about how much I have grown over the last 4 years. That song is still a theme song for my life, but in a different way. My prayer at the time was that my trip would be a blessing to the people I would be working with as well as a growing experience for me. The trip to Belarus was my first experience overseas and my first real mission trip. I was scared but I had already seen God work miracles in just providing the money for the trip.
Today, the song still reminds me of my mission trip, but even more than that, my Christian life. My prayer isn’t as much that my journey would bring a blessing, but that I would become more life Christ as a result of my journey and that I would love Him even more at the end of my life than I do now.

“Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer”

Music by Keith Getty; Words by Margaret Becker
Copyright © 2002 Thankyou Music

Jesus draw me ever nearer
As I labour through the storm.
You have called me to this passage,
and I'll follow, though I'm worn.

May this journey bring a blessing,
May I rise on wings of faith;
And at the end of my heart's testing,
With Your likeness let me wake.

Jesus guide me through the tempest;
Keep my spirit staid and sure.
When the midnight meets the morning,
Let me love You even more.

Let the treasures of the trial
Form within me as I go -
And at the end of this long passage,
Let me leave them at Your throne.