Storyteller: Playlist for a Restless Soul

One of the greatest struggles when you are seeking being grounded, especially grounded in your faith, is feeling so restless. Restlessness contributes to stress, anxiety, feelings of unfulfillment and uncontentment. Restlessness certainly does not leave you feeling grounded – instead, it can leave you feeling like there’s so much more to life and yet when in the world is God going to show up? After all, we read in scripture story after story of these huge miraculous interventions of God, fighting battles and anointing prophets and raising people from the dead.

What is our response, then, when the God we see in scripture seems inconsistent with the God we are experiencing in real life? Does that mean scripture got it wrong? Certainly not. I fully believe that our God is so big and can move in huge ways. But it’s easy to forget that he also wants to move in the small ways, in the daily reminders to trust.

A couple days ago I was reading Amos, a powerful prophet who proclaimed the Lord’s sovereignty over a nation that was continually turning their backs on God.

“I gave you empty stomachs in every city and lack of bread in every town, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord. “I also withheld rain from you when the harvest was still three months away. I sent rain on one town, but withheld it from another. One field had rain; another had none and dried up. People staggered from town to town for water but did not get enough to drink, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord.

Amos 4:6 – 8

It’s powerful and convicting to think that God allows certain tragedies in our life not to “teach us a lesson” or “cause us pain” but to give us an opportunity to turn back to him. And yet, more often than I’d like to admit, turning to God is not my first response but sometimes my fourth, fifth, or seventeenth response.

In addition to reading and memorizing scripture, one of my favorite ways to continually remind myself of the truths of God is through music. Over the past six months there have been several songs that have stuck out to me, putting my own words to music, and reminding me of the love and grace and faithfulness of God. No matter where you are today, I pray that these songs are beautiful reminders of a God who sees, hears, and loves us unconditionally.

Songs for a Restless Soul:

“Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin
Such a powerful declaration: “Peace so unexplainable, I can hardly think / As You call me deeper
still / As You call me deeper still / As You call me deeper still into love, love, love”

“Sovereign Over Us” by Jeff Johnson & Breakaway Ministries
Favorite part of truth: “You are working in our waiting / You’re sanctifying us / When beyond our
   understanding / You’re teaching us to trust”

“Great is Your Faithfulness” by Martin Smith
Love this line: “When shadows fall You never change / from age to age You never change”

“Unstoppable God” by Elevation Worship
   Best chorus: “Unstoppable God / Let Your glory go on and on / Impossible things / In Your name
they shall be done”

“Jesus I Come” by Elevation Worship
My constant prayer: “In all my weaknesses / You are my confidence / Jesus I come / Jesus I come”

“Love Came Down” by Bethel
Love the proclamation of the bridge: “I am Yours / I am Yours / All my days Jesus I am Yours”

// What have been some of your favorite go-to worship musics in times of restlessness, wilderness, or faith-stretching?

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