The wind and the waves still obey Him. He stills the storm to a whisper and hushes the waves of the sea. He determines the number of stars and calls them each by name. He breaks forth like the dawning of a new day, and the night doesn’t deter Him either. He stretched out the Heavens and still, made His Home within us.
Eternal dwellings, dwelling deep within.
Perhaps, this is what it means to say that Christ in us is the hope of glory. For The One who reigns in splendor higher than the highest heavens was humble enough to descend from Eternity into time, and give us the gift of being able to experience Heaven within us. By virtue of who He is and entering into a relationship with Him, I feel deeply humbled and profoundly grateful at the thought that we don’t really have to wait until we make it Home, because The Home we seek dwells deep within.
In the vicissitudes of life, the truth that The Truth that sets me free is the same; yesterday, today and forevermore gives me immense comfort and strength. I realize that because HE is unchanging, I can rest. He was faithful through all my yesterdays bringing me into my today and has gone into all my tomorrows. He knows the end from the beginning, and has factored in everything required to ensure the fulfillment of my dreams and destiny. He is always working and arranging things behind the scenes so that when we see the manifestation of it all in the natural, it leaves us in even more astonishment, wonder and awe of the majesty of Our King.
Our King who reigns in glory and simultaneously is the glory within.
Because He is unchanging, therefore we can change and morph into all that He has created us to be so that we can do all that He has called us to do. For we know beyond a shadow of doubt that He will remain the same.
He will never leave us nor forsake us.
He will always be faithful to complete that which He has begun.
He will always make a way where there seems to be no way.
He will always remain true to us and to His promises over our lives.
He will shelter us, shape us and shepherd us through it all.
He will open doors no man can shut and shut doors no man can open.
He will counsel us and correct us.
He will prepare us for what He has prepared for us.
He will be an ever present help in times of trouble.
He will empower and equip us with all that we need to be fruitful in His desire for our lives.
He will go before and make all our crooked paths straight.
He will always love us.
Therefore, we can rest.
We can rest in Him just like a tree rests in the soil that made it. We can rest in Him and allow Him to grow our roots deep as we become sensitive to the still, small voice within. We can rest in Him till confusion gives way to clarity, and chaos turns to order. We can rest in Him till He becomes more real than the bedrock beneath our feet. We can rest in Him till we hear Him say, “You are My Beloved.”
He will never change His mind towards us and His heart is full.
And He never changes.
The world may change. The seasons may change. The times may change.
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Shot against the backdrop of a land that easily captivates the heart of the child within and saturated with the sound of freedom, I hope this song meets you where you’re at and leaves you feeling free and full!
Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King’s Day with a post of a book I authored in 2018. It was a heartfelt endeavor to create a capsule that would encase the testimonies of triumph in the lives of thirty chosen world leaders from various walks of life: politics, arts, entertainment,sports.
One such remarkable person that I had the honor of researching and writing on was Dr. Martin Luther King. As the world celebrates him this day, I felt inspired to share the part of the book that covers but a fragment of a life that at its best, can never be encapsulated.
As I share as follows, I do hope and pray that it speaks to you in a unique way that sparks off your own passion within.
I AM BLACK BUT BEAUTIFUL
October 26, 1967. The Barratt Junior High School, Philadelphia, USA.
Shackles of shame loosened and the spirit of oppression lost its hold as truth reigned and hope soared . Inspiration shook the atmosphere and a burning desire to rise above crippling circumstances took root .
The culprit ? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Born as a conduit of God’s Grace and a catalyst of social change , Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a legend , the likes of whom the world will never see again .
Returning however, to October 26 , 1967 .
Delivering a rather impassioned and illustrious speech entitled, ”What is your life’s blueprint?” in an attempt to illuminate the hearts and minds of the young students present , and stir a dynamic hope for the future ; the heartbeat of Dr King’s message struck home . Instilling a sense of pride , awe and dignity in fulfilling the call of God on each one’s life , irrespective of the colour of one’s skin and the nature of one’s work , Dr. King created history as he spoke thus,
“And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. Don’t just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn’t do it any better. If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”
Coming from an individual whose work has had not just local or global but eternal ramifications , these are words that serve as the ultimate barometer to gauge the honesty and integrity of one’s work . Pristine . Lucid . Clear . Much like Dr. King himself .
A remarkable Civil Rights Activist , Dr. King’s method of fighting the prevalent evils of racism, prejudice and discrimination in America using non violent means and peaceful protests is best encapsulated in his own words ,
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness , only light can do that . Hate cannot drive out hate , only love can do that.”
Recapping further and turning back time to December 1, 1955. Rosa Parks arrested. Her crime ? A refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama . Not fair . I know . And so did Black America as a simple act of protest against racial discrimination and segregation sparked off a radical movement for Freedom spearheaded by none other than , Dr. King . The arrest of Rosa Parks launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott by 17,000 Black citizens . Increasing in number , vigour and strength by the day , the Montgomery Bus Boycott was a campaign that lasted 1 year and 15 days . It ended only with the Supreme Court’s legislation to legally integrate Montgomery’s public transportation system , thereby declaring segregated buses to be unconstitutional.
This represented an indefinite win in the struggle for justice and equality , an event that caused the Civil Rights Movement to gain unprecedented momentum to ensure full citizenship rights to the Black community . With Dr. King at the forefront , the pulse of the community is best captured in his words as he boldly asserts ,
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
Pressing ever forward towards the lofty ideal of complete liberty , Black America , under the spirited leadership of Dr. King , was unstoppable. Often brutally met with “white violence” , unreasonable arrests and appalling demonstrations of the use of brute force by the police , Black America persisted . Founded securely on the ethical principles of non violence , brotherhood and love in the face of extreme hatred and prejudice , the Civil Rights Movement was a remarkable witness to the strength of character etched into the fabric of the Black Community . The morally excellent leadership of Dr. King was indisputable , a glimmer of which can be felt in his resounding address to his fellow men,
“In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”
Words that are as relevant today as they were then .
Addressing the plight of Black America then and spurring them on to become the highest and best expression of themselves , Dr. King’s celebrated thoughts serve to further every community as a whole . He compassionately and courageously speaks in as eloquently a fashion as is truly his trademark ,
“If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. But be the best little shrub on the side of the hill. Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be the sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”
Be the best of whatever you are . Eternal words that echo in our hearts till today .
As Dr. King , with the mammoth support of several other activists like Malcolm X and Maya Angelou , continued to faithfully campaign for the cause of his brethren , several milestones were achieved .
The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is considered one of the crowning legislative achievements of the civil rights movement.
The Voting Rights Act signed into law in 1965 aiming to overcome the legal barriers that prevented the average Black citizen from exercising his/her right to vote , was another landmark achievement of the persevering and persistent efforts of Black America .
Striving and striding towards the passionate ideal of creating an oasis of peace, justice and equality; Dr. King left no stone unturned . Having mobilized masses of people with life affirming mantras like ,
“We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope”, the movement was solidly gaining ground .
April 4 , 1968. Memphis , Tennessee , USA .
Dr. King’s assassination.
The voice of monumental speeches like “I Have a Dream” and “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” was silenced forever. What endured though is the echo of his legacy , a younger generation that set its sights higher with a commitment to fulfil what Dr. King had started.
This is a legacy that will endure forever .
To even seek to define the individual that Dr. King was is an attempt that will be rendered void . Beyond description, Dr. King was a sheer representation of what liberty looked like .
An agent of change who provoked a new consciousness into being and till his last breath , continued to fan the flame of freedom; a torch of liberty who committed his life to the sole purpose of uplifting the scarred Black Community in America to its rightful place of dignity and honour ; a beacon of hope who endured against all odds till he saw the fruition of what he had initiated; a blazing star that challenged an entire nation to review and re-evaluate its moral and ethical values; Martin Luther King Jr was God’s chosen weapon to chase down the forces of darkness and discrimination in order to bring about the hope of experiencing a land where , to quote Dr. King himself , “little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”
A hope that has not been deferred and a prayer that has been answered .
Yet a movement the eternal victory of which rests in the choices we make every single day of our lives .
“I HAVE A DREAM” is more than yet another iconic speech delivered by one of the world’s most revered leaders . It has emerged as an anaphora that resounds in the hearts and souls of one and all , throughout the world today . It is a desire and a declaration at the same time ,
“that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin , but by the content of their character.”
Dr. King? We couldn’t agree more .
It doesn’t matter whether we are black , brown , yellow or white . Our nationality , ethnicity , education or economic status : nothing matters . What matters is that together , we form a unified body , the human race , that represents one mind , one heart , one spirit , one truth , one voice , one liberty , one freedom . For one and all . Once and for all .
It’s time .
If this has spoken to you and you wish to delve into more real life stories of grit, grace and guts that have served to inspire me on my own journey through life, I shall joyfully share the links as follows. The book is available on Amazon.
If you are a resident of India, the link is:
If you are residing outside of India, the link is as follows:
You are an intricate part of me that I wove into being even before I laid the foundations of the Earth. I think about you all the time, and am always working on your behalf. I understand that the circumstances of this life may want you to believe otherwise, but the Truth is that even circumstances are only tools in my Hands to invite you to come closer and go deeper. As you learn to abide in My Love, you will find yourself living above the state that is simply circumstantial, and with one touch of Heaven, susceptible to easily crumble so it can be raised up into the newness and wholeness that was always my original design and intention towards you, My Child.
I am Love, and therefore you are My Beloved. I loved you at your worst, and your best will not move me either. So, I invite you to lay down the burden of performance and simply rest in me. I will lead you beside quiet waters where you will find a refreshment of your spirit and a renewal of your soul. In stillness, you will hear my beautiful voice again and the sound of Love resonating with your spirit will cause to find the strength you need to soar again. You will mount up on wings as eagles, for that is the life I have planned for you.
As you come and surrender to me the cares that try and weigh you down, I will fill you with a peace that surpasses understanding. Your heart in alignment with mine, and your steps in sync with mine will pave the way for a walk with me that will leave you in astonishment, wonder and awe. I will sensitize you to the beauty of the gifts I have already surrounded you with and you will marvel with gratitude. Your rejoicing in the simple things of life will cause a softness in your heart that will allow me to pour even more of My Love into you.
It is My Joy as Your Father to restore and redeem every part of your life as you come to me. I will recreate all things as though nothing was lost and fill you with a joy that comes from another world. You will morph into someone who is content in all circumstances because you have encountered The One who transcends all circumstances. Your joy in knowing me will surpass any challenge that seems to dim your view and passion for life.
I will give you a new perspective on the times and seasons that you find yourself in. This perspective shall flow from The Throne Room of Grace and the very things that daunted you, will blossom into opportunities for you to transform into a more loving, kind, bold and courageous version of yourself. You will no longer run away from what seems to be unknown, but rather embrace the tide of the unknown as you trust in Me to teach you how to surf through it all.
So, even though you do not know what the future holds, rest in the knowledge and the faithfulness of The One who holds it. I have engraved your name on the palm of My Hand and the thoughts that I have towards you are to prosper you and bless you with a confident hope for the future. Walk with me, Beloved and I will show you the way.