But the sun is bright
and my coffee's bold
No, that's not a lyric from the new album. ...kinda sounds like Vanilla Ice. We actually share a birthday.
Anyhow, I must admit, I've struggled for a few weeks with having just a few gigs, while other artists were touring the country, as if I were doing something wrong, or that 'my time' was up. But, I don't think that's true, I think I'm just in an in-between-albums-season that has me home. I'm still working on stuff for the future, the new album, a title, artwork, photo shoot ideas, I need to write all 12 song journals for you guys to read (which i love to do). So it's been great to be home and eat Sarah's cooking and sleep in my own bed and play with my two boys. It's a blessing. Thank you, God. Speaking of which, Daniel just walked outside in his navy PJs and Elmo snow boots. It's not snowing, but uncle Nick bought them for $2 at a Salvation Army when we were in PA. Daniel loves them. a little too much.
So, instead of fun stories from the road, you're going to keep getting fun stories from home. Or in this case, deep thoughts by Aaron Shust. Shallow-deep. This morning, I was taking Daniel downstairs to fix him some "e-mail" (oatmeal) and it was chilly in the house (66). We have hardwoods downstairs, so I was putting socks on his little feet. I sat him on my lap at the top of the stairs and he got a little wobbly and scared, "Anyo paul down?" (Daniel fall down?) "You hold on tight, buddy," I told him, then realizing that he's sitting on my lap, facing out, he really can't hold on at all. So I told him, "Don't worry, bud, Daddy's going to hold on to you, I'm not going to let you fall down the stairs" And he relaxed; he trusted me.
Maybe you see where I'm going, 'cause it hit me like a ton of bricks. How often to I TRY to hold to God for dear life AS IF THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO DO THE SAVING. Nothing against Mr.Powell, whom I highly esteem, when he sings "Hold On To Jesus" cause I sing along to that song with gusto, and I need to remind myself to hold on, just like any chance Daniel gets to hold on to my neck when we're on the slippery stairs, he does! But sometimes you just can't.
It's in those moments that we need to trust that He Holds On To Us. Jude 24 calls God "the One who is able to keep us from falling!"
One of my favorite songs on the new album sings this chorus:
Rest in the arms of the One who holds you
Rest in the arms of the One who knows you
Rest in the arms of the One who won't let go