Some people sing from thirty thousand feet in the air and never come down to consider earthly things. Some people sing from a place below ground where everything is dark and unredeemable and never come up into the light at all. Some people sing songs while walking along our common ground and they are destined to, occasionally, bang their shins on some fallen logs.

I found myself in trouble and went looking for my Lord
my life was an open wound that wouldn’t heal.
When friends said, “Everything will turn out all right,”
I didn’t believe a word they said.
I remember God—and shake my head.
I bow my head—then wring my hands.
I’m awake all night—not a wink of sleep.
I can’t even say what’s bothering me.
Ps 77:2–4 (MSG)
Lately I been thinking about
What’s gonna happen to you and I
Or a new light.
Mercury + Lightning - John Mark McMillan

I heard the song, and I watched the video. You should, too. I don’t understand either one, but I do know about the feeling that they evoked in me.Have you ever been agitated, even angry, and you didn’t know why? Have you ever felt late, but couldn’t find anything on your calendar? Have you ever felt totally alone, even though someone was right there talking to you? At ground level, sometimes, things roll up on top of us and try to drown us out, and we don’t even know why. There seems to be no spiritual life-lesson in a great deal of it. JMM sang about it, I think, and the Psalmist wrote about it, “I can’t even say what’s bothering me.” (Psalm 77).

Continuing in Psalm 77

Ocean saw you in action, God,
saw you and trembled with fear;
Deep Ocean was scared to death.
Clouds belched buckets of rain,
Sky exploded with thunder,
your arrows flashing this way and that.
From Whirlwind came your thundering voice,
Lightning exposed the world,
Earth reeled and rocked.
You strode right through Ocean,
walked straight through roaring Ocean,
but nobody saw you come or go.
Ps 77:16–19 (MSG)

God is never overwhelmed by our world, but our world is overwhelmed by him. I am almost always overwhelmed by him, and can't figure out half of what is going on around me. Well. Atleast. I am not alone.

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