A Single Word Can Make Your Heart Open

Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open 

Rachel Platten, Fight Song

My daughters love this song, and I have grown to appreciate the passion and message behind the lyrics.  I believe the song has a message of the simple but miraculous.  How can a single word make your heart open?

On Mother’s Day, my youngest daughter danced a beautiful lyrical dance for her grandparent’s Bible study class at church .  The song she danced to was Tell Your Heart To Beat Again by Danny Gokey.

We printed the lyrics for the class for better understanding of the message behind the song.  One particular lady at the end of class pointed to “a single word”.  Her heart was drawn to a single line….

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday’s a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again

The busy morning of teaching, sharing, and singing paused for me. I was standing in the midst of the busy, and Martha interrupted with, “Anna, I like this line.”  She pointed to the line with her finger, and then she spoke–“I don’t live there anymore.”  Whatever she was pondering about yesterday, she was claiming God’s grace and closing the door.

Her words opened my heart. Her sweet, gentle spirit invited me into her life, and, with her obedience, she touched my life for the better.

A few months later my mother shared that she had gone on to be with the Lord.  I  closed my eyes and remembered her gentle face and spirit telling me–“I don’t live there anymore.”  Her eternal hope of heaven had come.  All the hymns about heaven that we sang together, she was now experiencing them. She flew away, and when the roll was called up yonder, she was there. She loved singing the old hymns, and I loved watching her. She had such a sweet expression on her face.

Fast forward to July.

God reminded me of her word spoken. In a moment, I remembered her sweetness, and I thought of her.  I was in complete worship and prayer when the song Gentle Savior by David Phelps came on.

My past surrounds me like a house I can’t afford
But You say, “Come with me, don’t live there anymore”
Gentle Savior, lead me on
Let Your Spirit light my way
Gentle Savior, lead me on
Hold me close and keep me safe
Lead me on, gentle Savior
I determined in my heart for God to help me with a specific area to “not live there anymore”. That worshipful moment was filled with power, determination, and gentleness from my Savior.  Martha’s obedience to speak a word made a difference.
No.  It’s the Holy Spirit manifesting himself in our lives through the ordinary–the miracles.  It’s seeking to be present in the opportunity of difficulty and pain and to not allow the pain and frustration to consume God’s glory at work. It’s being obedient to seek the will of God and to lean into Him. It’s listening and connecting to others like Martha who willingly share their God story.
Our fight song resides in the threads of our tapestry-our God story. One thread in the hand of our Creator seems insignificant, but when He places the thread within your story and fits the pieces together, you will experience the miracle of each thread. The color, the texture, the timing, the moments there seems to be no progress, or weaving–all of it–important and resounds your story.
Ask Him to help you connect.
Live expectantly.
I will admit that when I hear a powerful song like the Fight Song, I have grand notions of taking on the world and my dreams.  God has big sized dreams for us, but there is more in the simplicity that echos your Fight Song than accomplishing big goals. Your job title, degrees, marathons, and trophies are admirable, but nothing compares to the glorious riches in knowing Christ Jesus, our Lord. Martha loves Jesus, and she shared that with others.
My parents live with us.  Last night as I was doing dishes from the very busy day, I glanced over to witness them in prayer.  From my kitchen, looking out through my bay window to their window of their apartment, I saw them engaged in conversation with Jesus
Another “single word”– a moment, or thread etched in my heart and woven into my tapestry.
What word is God conveying to you today?  How can you be used by God to speak a word into someone’s life?
Here are the songs from today’s post if you would like to worship:
Gentle Savior
Tell Your Heart to Beat Again
The story behind Tell Your Heart to Beat Again (talk about a MIRACLE!)  Please watch this video!  Worth it!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Tamara P says:

    This is extraordinary, Anna. Our company recently had their convention in Orlando, and Danny Gokey was the music for the event, and I “discovered” his song, “Tell Your Heart To Beat Again”…breath-taking, genuine, and so real. It speaks to a multitude of situations and circumstances…much like the Lord’s mercy and grace which covers so much in our lives. Thank you for sharing your life, so transparently, so honestly, so sweetly!! -Tamara


    1. What a connection Tamara! I loved reading your comment. I was once again reminded of God’s Spirit connecting us together. He is faithful and true. Thank you for sharing your beautiful words. Anna


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