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Superior Reality

Writer's Corner
Kate Jutsum, Regional Director for Australia and New Zealand

You're rich in love, and You're slow to anger. 
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind. 
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing, 
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, 
O my soul, 
Worship His holy name. 
Sing like never before, 
O my soul ,
I'll worship Your holy name 
(Matt Redman, 10,000 reasons)

It is so easy to look at all the things that are wrong and imperfect & annoying & frustrating & painful, especially in our world's current economic & political climate, let alone in our own lives. I often ask at trainings 'has anyone not had a single worry over the past month?' Needless to say I have not yet had one person admit to such a sublime internal world.

And yet wherever we are, no matter what our situation, there is a superior reality. In heaven the sun is shining, no matter how grey our worlds. I love this song- all worship really- so much, because it has the ability to lift us up to a place where we really are untouched by the pressures around us because we see God for who He really is. Not denial, just the acknowledgment that there is a higher truth that we can partner with to see our worlds change. There is just nothing like seeing how big God is to change our perspective. I wonder if that's where Philippians 4 came from- 'come on guys, I know it's tough but if you can just break through in joy-filled worship you will experience peace so great that people think there's something wrong with you'. Ah yep, my paraphrase :-) Sometimes our souls just need to remember how good He really is.

So I bless you with the discipline to bring the good into focus, and alone-time & space to allow you to break into passionate, extravagant worship that leaves your soul singing & the troubles of the world as shadows- so much of it that you are left ruined for anything less. To the God of deep joy & incomprehensible peace!