Many are the plans in a man's heart,
but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
Many thanks to Ramona and Wade. Your hearts are so full of compassion and it shows. You truly know how to foster relationships. What a great example for Dave and I to follow. You both know how to be a friend. Thanks for loving us and our boys.
Below is the explanation Aaron Shust gives to how he came to write the first song on the CD. I will put it in color for you to know it is him writing.
Long Live the King:
Rick Pearson was 23 when he was diagnosed with Leukemia. For all express purposes, he had everything going for him. He had an amazing voice. He led worship at his church and at camps and conferences all over the place. He was about to get engaged, and from conversations I've had with other people, everybody loved him. But for reasons that God only knows, Rick's time on earth was done. His is an amazing story of selflessness, perspective beyond this little span of time we call "life", and positive attention being directed toward the King overseeing it all.
As I was driving to Rick's second Memorial Concert last fall, (a time designed to remember Rick, praise God and support ministries that Rick supported) I felt like I should turn off the radio and drive in silence. It was September, a nice day in Atlanta, and the top was down in my Jeep, so I was just trying to enjoy the drive, but my thoughts were stuck on Rick and how incredibly God operates in times of apparent tragedy. The chorus to this song just came pouring out in my middle of my drive. "Long live The One who gives us LIFE, and PEACE and HOPE for Tomorrow!" Life does not end here! God reigns over all time and eternity and has invited us to join Him! "I'll give my everything to The One who PLEDGED to CANCEL my sorrow!"
Sometimes I'm amazed that my heart hasn't stopped beating since the day I was born; and only God holds the number of our days, so we find ourselves pressing on; ekeing by sometimes. We live with tragedy, disappointments, failure, divorce, death, and so much more that we'd rather not have in our lives. But we also live with grace. The grace of God flows non-stop when we don't have any left to offer. He restores our lives. He gives us a love to show the unlovable, when we couldn't muster up such an action from within ourselves. He makes a beautiful mosaic out of our lives that could only be created by taking all the broken, shattered fragments and piecing them together again. (emphasis mine)
Rick's sorrows have already been cancelled. He has been restored. Because that's what our King does: He forgives and restores. Long Live the King!I have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy the Whispered and Shouted album. The CD was keeping me company while I wrote this post. I am trusting God to make a beautiful mosaic out of my broken life as only He does. He is and continues to show grace in my life. He is so faithful.
To God be all the glory.
PS - Be sure to look at the previous post. I put a great picture of Cole at his end of season baseball party from Wednesday night.