Friday, June 27, 2008

Takes My Breath Away

Have you ever seen something, or felt something that takes your breath away? I have. It happened to me this past spring at Easter time as we worshiped in church and sang "We Fall Down" by Chris Tomlin. Few songs move me as that song does, and I really just wanted to crumble and plaster myself to the ground before the foot of Jesus as His sacrifice for me became so real. I was reading a bit about the history of the song, inspired by these words from Revelation 4:8b-11:
Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
"You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being."

One day all who believe in Jesus, the King of Glory and Lord of All, will be bowing down before Him. All of our voices will proclaim His holiness over and over again. Even the powers of the mightiest nations will fall down before Him and lay their crowns at His feet. This image just gives me goose bumps - the image is simply too great to imagine in its entirety.

As I was perusing through my photos from Easter there were, of course, photos of our daughter in her pretty Easter dress. I don't recall if I bribed her, or what, but she actually cooperated, and I have some wonderful shots of her in her beautiful hand-me-down dress. And then there are others...not so cooperative - where she covered her face to avoid the camera. Her way of telling me she was done with mom's photo shoot.

Interestingly enough, my favorite photos are not of the beautiful smile and sparkling eyes gazing at my camera... When I saw this photo it took my breath away, and the words of this song by Chris Tomlin popped into my head.
We fall down
We lay our crowns
At the feet of Jesus
The greatness of mercy and love
At the feet of Jesus
We cry holy, holy, holy
We cry holy, holy, holy
We cry holy, holy, holy
Is the lamb.

The connection I made between the photo and the song lyrics have been on my mind since March. I am not sure why I did not drop everything to scrap the vision I had, especially since this layout took me all of 30 minutes or so to create this afternoon. What motivated me? A simple word, offered by Patter as a part of the Faith Sisters scripture challenge - HOLY.

As soon as I saw her challenge, which I read last night, I knew I had to make this layout a priority. God was telling me I had waited long enough. Now that it is takes my breath away. Not because my work is that great...really, this is a very simple layout. But because it brings to life the imagery of Revelation 4...all of us falling down at the Lord's feet and giving Him our crowns, whatever those crowns may be. At the feet of the sacrificial Lamb nothing else will matter, and we will not be able to stop professing His holiness, as we sing in His courts forever!

There is power in worship music. There is power in capturing a wonderful photo. And there is power in scrapping your faith, and bringing elements together that only God can bring to mind. It is moments like these in which creating becomes holy, and it takes my breath away. Thank you Lord Jesus!

Digital Credits:
Pink Paper: Dahlia and Co.
Overlays: Willro &Co. Designs (altered to white and blue)
Crown: Sal’s Shabby Lane by Sailor and Lula Designs (overlayed with white and ghosted by reducing opacity)
Font: CAC Shishoni Brush and Scriptina


Dettao said...

wow,,,I am in awe of the power of your words and the inspiration behind them

Mijn oase design said...

Wow, heartfelt journaling en great great LO

Anonymous said...

I feel the same way about that song. It puts everything into perspective and that is what we were created to do is worship Our God.. I have made Jesus my Best Friend and confidant and never been happier for it. It kind of gets lost along the way I have been a Christian for 12 years but been friends with My God for 4 He is my Daddy and I am His Precious Daughter. I Love Him so very much...
on another note I have tries (unsuccessfully) to find the winner of the autographed book but can't. Can you tell me who won. Thank you
Connie M.
scrappingirish (CKMB)