(One bad thing about writing late at night is sometimes you hit publish in error before you complete the thought. If you received this twice in your email. I am sorry for any inconvenience.)
I recently began working on the campus of a university hospital. My office is just off the interstate on the main street to the emergency room. My first few weeks in the office the number of sirens alarmed me. They would startle me each time. Over time I got used to hearing them. In and out all day they traveled the street. A few more weeks passed and I realized that not only did the blaring not scary me; I stopped even noticing.
As someone’s life was being changed by an emergency, my daily routine went on. I continue to shuffle papers from file to file while doctor rush to save a life. As a family is getting news that their loved one as passed, I am busy calculating numbers.
I know that all of that is the way all of our lives are really but to know that I am so close to the ‘action’ and still I am able to tune it out. Today several ambulances exited the interstate bumper to bumper. The siren noise was almost deafening. It could not be ignored this time. First, I began to wonder what happened. Then my heart began to ache for the patients. For their families. I prayed as I walked to my car. The more I walked, the harder I prayed and the more overwhelmed I felt.
‘Same Power’ by Jeremy Camp was playing as I cranked my car. I sat and listened to the words. They reminded me that the events here, rather they be emergency or just normal days, can not overcome us. God’s power, the same power that raised Jesus from the grave, is in us. Death, sickness and hard times may get us down but when we keep our hearts on Him we will overcome.
I can seeWaters raging at my feetI can feelThe breath of those surrounding meI can hearThe sound of nations rising upWe will not be overtakenWe will not be overcomeI can walkDown this dark and painful roadI can faceEvery fear of the unknownI can hearAll God’s children singing outWe will not be overtakenWe will not be overcomeThe same power that rose Jesus from the graveThe same power that commands the dead to wakeLives in us, lives in usThe same power that moves mountains when He speaksThe same power that can calm a raging seaLives in us, lives in usHe lives in us, lives in usWe have hopeThat His promises are trueIn His strengthThere is nothing we can’t doYes, we knowThere are greater things in storeWe will not be overtakenWe will not be overcomeGreater is He that is living in meHe’s conquered our enemyNo power of darknessNo weapon prevailsWe stand here in victory