I promised you some song details so here they are!
It all started during a conversation with a friend. We were discussing the wide variety of names and descriptors applied to the Trinity in Scripture. The more we talked, the more we focused on the meanings of those names and what they revealed about God’s character.
The conversation with my friend ended, but the topic continued to occupy my thoughts for the next few days. Somewhere, somehow, my thoughts shifted from simply thinking about the names or titles and their meanings to dwelling on one simple yet startling realization – all of those names? All of the roles they describe?
God is ALL of those things simultaneously. He FUNCTIONS in all those roles simultaneously. Effortlessly, perfectly, eternally.
Let me explain this another way – I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a grandmother (just four weeks ago!). While I’m always each of those things, I cannot simultaneously function in those roles. I may be able to shift quickly from texting with my daughter to chatting with my husband and back again. But I cannot successfully do both at the exact same time. I miss pieces of conversation or lose my train of thought.
But with God, nothing ever gets missed or lost. No one is ever neglected. He can be everything He is to everyone all the time. Redeemer, Healer, Comforter, Lion of Judah, Lamb of God . . . every facet of his character functioning perfectly at the exact same time. Whichever part of his character you need to be touched by, he is that for you while being whatever every other believer needs at the exact same time.
But my thought process did not stop there. As I began writing the lyrics for “Unchanging”, my focus shifted from this “simultaneous functioning” concept to the most overwhelming thought yet – this God, who is everything that anyone could need all the time, this Creator, Redeemer, and Savior . . . loves me. Lyrically, I expressed it this way –
Beyond the names and titles
One truth rings out so clear
I was always known,
You are always standing near.
As He is wrapping me in the peace I need, He is providing comfort for another, healing someone else, and gently correcting one more. And it doesn’t stop there. It doesn’t stop ever. He’s always touching, reaching, enveloping, and redeeming. Because of love. We do nothing to earn it and will never be able to repay any of it. It’s all because He CHOOSES to love.
It’s that simple and the profoundly beautiful.