Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
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