Hang'n by a moment

Hanging by a Moment

Desperate for changing

Starving for truth

I’m closer to where I started

Chasing after you

I’m falling even more in love with you

Letting go of all I’ve held onto

I’m standing here until you make me move

I’m hanging by a moment here with you

 

 

Hanging By A Moment, LIFEHOUSE

I love the lyrics of this song. It is usually in my most desperate and exposed moments that he is most real to me. This thought doesn’t necessarily bring me comfort like it should. Those who are desperate seem so … needy. I definitely don’t like the sound of that; however, I can’t deny that this is usually when God shows up in the most prolific and profound ways. To me, this goes against my instincts. A God of perfection who wants to connect with the desperate and needy? Wouldn’t it make more sense for him to associate himself with those who have their act together? I don’t think that I’m the only one with this instinct. Our churches are filled with people who know they are saved by grace, yet continue to feel an inexplicable pressure to perform religious acts. Even though I have not completely shed my natural instinct, I am convinced that it has led me astray on this matter. A quick review of many of the Old and New Testament characters also confirms this. Maybe, just maybe, being desperate is a good thing. In fact, maybe it’s just the plain and simple reality of my situation, which I can be so reluctant to admit. I am desperately needy and God is patiently waiting for me to “let go of all I’ve held on to.” The freedom of the Gospel is actuated when I kick my false instincts to the curb and cry out to God saying, “I’m hanging by a moment here with you.”

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  1. Hank Overton
    Hank Overton says:

    Hi Bill,
    I was just thinking about this topic this morning at Calvary Chapel Mens Bible Study. It is only in our times of desperate need that we truely seek God with all of our heart. That makes life more interesting, living on the edge. May God continue to bless you in your ministry.

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  2. Cheryl Trautner
    Cheryl Trautner says:

    Hi Bill- thanks for these great words. Always good to remember that we don’t have to have it all together all the time. And in fact, even when we think we do….we don’t! When we finally admit that, we are instantly closer to God and who He created us to be!

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  3. Michael Cody
    Michael Cody says:

    Greetings Bill,

    You touched on something I believe every human being has felt or thought at least one time in their life (or perhaps continue to thing about throughout their lives). Revealing and explaining the true heart of God to help guide through those often derailing type thoughts or feelings is so critical to our spiritual journey and growth. That’s why I love the Christian concept of “Grace” – defined as “The giving of a gift, to those, who are currently in a position – UNWORTHY – of receiving it”. When is the last time you, or someone you know, has done a Graceful act, where you gave something to someone, while they were still in a state (at least in your mind) of not being worthy of receiving it? It’s SO rare. You may witness it from time to time, between the actions of a Grandparent to a Grandchild. The Grandchild “misbehaving” and the Grandparent still giving the cookies and milk anyway (while the parent fumes away). God gives US Grace almost continuously.

    Understanding the true meaning of Grace, helped me understand a Biblical concept that used to foreign to me, very similar to what you wrote about above, regarding desperation. The concept is how God’s strength is perfected in you, through your own weakness. I was like WHAT? Doesn’t God want to punish your weakness, or is ashamed of you for not repenting (turning away from), your weakness? To picture a God that is so loving, that through your weakness, your own strength can be increased and perfected, was a mind blower to me. We humans rarely show that level of compassion and nurturing insight. Another thing, the word “perfect”…. over time we have warped it’s original meaning, we thing perfect to be “without error or without flaw”, which is not the case. The root meaning for the word “perfect”, means, “to be whole and complete”. What an absolutely liberating definition. Practically a life-saver. Because now when you hear God’s “perfect” love, that means “whole and complete” – instead of “without error or flaw” – which we humans easily discard as being too idealistic, to impossible to attain. A human being will too easily admit, “God is perfect, and I am not – I can’t be without error or without flaw”. However a human being might be able to understand grasp the possibility of God is whole and complete, and through His love and work in your life, you can be whole and complete too. I believe we are born incomplete. Love is what helps us become more whole and complete. Whether it be through friendships, loving pets, and of course a significant other.

    By the way, a great definition for love itself is – “One’s will to extend effort towards another, for mutual growth”. I love it – it’s PERFECT. That shows the love that is involved even with complete strangers, helping change the tire of someone is stranded – is a loving gesture in that definition. That is something that is tangible and attainable to each of us, and we need to spread the word and do alot more of it!

    Thanks for letting me hijack your blog for a few moments, keep your thoughts and observations and teachings coming – for evil to succeed – good people must do nothing – so keep up the great work!!

    Most Sincerely,

    Mike Cody

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    • Bill Overton
      Bill Overton says:

      Thanks for your kind and wise words. You are a sage well beyond your years, kinda like a Jedi Master or something. Blessings to you!

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