I always loved The Sound Of Music. I could literally have that disc playing all day every day and feel so fantastic about life. I could go anywhere with that soundtrack and feel like life is really actually worth living. Even as I listen to The Hills Are Alive, I feel my blood cells move quicker in my being, screaming at me to just find a hill and run, arms flinging unpleasantly from side to side. Grace in my movements is never something I’ve had, though I envision it often. I love imagining myself running through the hills. That is, until someone cuts me off during morning rush hour, or tells me something I don’t want to hear. And then I have to get back to reality and mildly tell Julie Andrews to just shut it while I figure out how to get back to that joyous state. I don’t know how to respond when someone robs me. When they rob me of my freedom or joy or plans. And I think it’s because God never intended me to be the master of my heart or mind. He created me to be his very own. And if one thing I have learned, it is that God couldn’t love me any less if he tried, and that the more I worship and praise Him, the less the enemy can rob me of what the Lord has graciously gifted me with. The more I focus on the good and glorious things in heaven, the less I get distracted by the faults of this earth. Every kind of fulfillment outside of Christ is (I’m sorry Julie) so useless and fleeting. There is not one place in my heart or His Word that claims any otherwise. As God never desired me to claim my life for or of myself, He also warns us to be wise and aware of the enemies schemes. He is forever trying to steal, kill and destroy. Anything he can get his dirty hands on, he will. Be it your money, your job, your family, your passions. Watch it, or he’ll take it. My pastor always says, “The enemy can only take what we allow him”, and it always makes me wonder; what are we as a society allowing him to take? And if we were so captured by worshipping our Savior and allowing Him to flow out of our worship and into our lives, how could the enemy even begin to scheme to take from us? He couldn’t. I’m just going to say it. If we really lived the way that God created us to live, the enemy would be hopeless in his evil desires. So, what’s he taking? Do you love life until something comes unexpectedly? Are you losing faith because it seems plans don’t work out? Are you so happy until the unexpected drops on your lap, and then world watch out? Worship God a moment. Worship Him for just a moment longer if you need. Take whats on your lap and give it back to Christ. See how he envelopes you with intercessory prayer as you weep or groan. See how he takes your useless plans and vibrantly places you back towards real life. Life within your Saviors desires. Life where regardless your grace, His grace makes your running wildly through the hills look flawless.

you will go out in joy and be lead forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Isaiah 55.12