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Come for Me....

As I walked slowly out of room T005, I almost succumbed to tears. Tears of exaustion from having not slept well for 2 nights in fear & preparation of this exam. Tears of gratefulness that my exams were finally over. Tears of frustration that I did not fare any better on the exam. Almost tears.
Instead, I pulled myself together and walked over to the ivy covered bench. As I began to organize my bag of exam necessities, I pulled out my Ipod (an absolute vital instrument to my studying routine). I just wanted to put those little speakers in my ears and drown out the world. In God's sovereign mercy & kindness, He knew just what song my weary heart needed in that moment-"Come for Me" by Charlie Hall.

Jesus come & take me away
I long to see your face
and this world is broken
yet beautifully made
Jesus come take me away

Jesus I will patiently wait
until like a vapor I'll fade
help me fulfill all Your dreams for these days
Jesus I will patiently wait

and You'll come again with a shout
like a thief in the night
You'll come riding on clouds
and finally the voice
I have followed for life
has a glorious face that is lit up with light
and You'll come for me
no more pain...peace
no more fear....release
just lost and consumed with my glorious King

Jesus today I am tired
and I need your music to come and inspire
and I give myself to be refined in this fire
but Jesus today I'm so tired

and you'll come again with a shout
like a thief in the night
You'll come riding on clouds
and finally the voice that I have followed for life
has a glorious face that is lit up with light
and you'll come for me
no more pain....peace
no more fear....release
just lost and consumed with my glorious King

and you'll come for me
come for me....
come for me....
come for me.....
come for me.

As I listened to these words, my heart began to soar and I could no longer hold back the tears. But what would have previously been tears of despair, were now tears of longing. I had been looking forward more to the end of exams than I was to the coming of my King. I had been more fearful of doing poorly on my exams than I was of doing poorly in the service of my King. I had forgotten that today will pass...that my life is a vapor. But the Kindgdom of God shall reign forever and ever, and one day, He will come for me.

But today...today I am so tired. I desparately need His song to fill me and inspire me and lift me up on eagle's wings.

And I ache for the day when there will be no more pain...no more fear...no more worries...no more tears...no more heartache. The day when Christ comes back and I can finally see the face of my Lord and Savior-He who chose me, He who died for me, He who loves me. To be able to worship Him face to face, with every ounce of my being. Even now, when I worship with all that I have and all that I am, there is still a part of me that is withheld from Him-a part that is dwelling on that which is of the world and that which will fade. I am brought to tears even as I write this just thinking about that day. THAT GLORIOUS DAY!!!

Perhaps you are also tired today. Maybe the holiday season has drained you of energy. Maybe you also are exausted at the end of another draining semester. Maybe work is just more than you can handle right now. Friend, I think that you, like me, have ceased living in light of THAT day. You are weary in this world because you have forgotten that this is not your home. We are just pilgrim's, passing through.

My prayer for you is that the Lord would awaken a fresh stirring in your heart for the day when you "..will see his face." (Rev. 22:4)

"After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great
multitude in heaven, crying, 'Hallelujah! Salvation and glory
and power belong to our God, for his judgments are true
and just; he has judged the great harlot who corrupted the
earth with her fornication, and he has avenged on her the
blood of his servants.' Once more they cried, 'Hallelujah!
The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.' And the
twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and
worshiped God who is seated on the throne, saying, 'Amen.
Hallelujah!' And from the throne came a voice crying, 'Praise
our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.'
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude,
like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty
thunderpeals, crying, 'Hallelujah! For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give
him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her
to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure' - for the fine
linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the
angel said to me, 'Write this: Blessed are those who are
invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.' And he
said to me, 'These are true words of God.'
Rev 19:1-9

Hey, saw your comment over at Challies, and that you attend U of F, and Soverign Grace, amen to all that!

I am a pastor down here in Citrus County (just south of Ocala)...we have some of our youth who are now Gators..and some Gators who come back here to worship every so often...didn't know there was a Soveriegn Grace church there in G-ville...cool

God bless you...

JD Hatfield

I know you don't know me. I saw your post on the Passion blog about the hotel rooms and came to your blog to see if you had anything posted about transferring them to someone, but when I did, I got caught in your post. Just wanted to pass along that a fellow sister really needed to hear that! I'm in exactly that situation! Relieved that exams are over and exhausted! So thanks for reminding me! I needed those words!

to my fellow sister:

I continue to be amazed at the random people that are somehow impacted by my ramblings. God is so gracious to use my words to touch someone's life. I'm grateful that you were encouraged upon reading. I am praying for your refreshment!

Awesome post, Jenn.
Really refreshing and helps to refocus on the importance of life. Thanks for posting that.

I love you, my friend.

I am going to miss you SO much while your gone. When you come up, we'll have to hang out some time.

miss gilly~

not only will we have to hang out when i come up to Gainesville, we will also have to hang out if you ever come to Orlando to visit your brother or your sister or your nephews!!

I love you!

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