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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Kingdom Bound 2005

As it started to rain in the middle of our set at Kingdom Bound this past weekend, I was inspired in the moment to share about my love for weather from stage. I love thunderstorms, rain and really any natural phenomenon that is beyond my control or really understanding. It's still magic. I have a bookmark on local doplar radar on my web browser and my favorite channel is the weather channel. I'm almost annoying on this point, the guys can atest. As I spoke from stage, the reason why I'm so fascinated by weather is because it reminds me that I'm not in control, that I live on a planet that has Gods finger prints all over it, and that however well manipulated my self made isolation chamber becomes...."You never know when lighting could strike." Had I the opportunity to experience a thunderstorm for the first time without being conditioned to their normalcy, I would be sure to believe the whole world was coming to an end. So maybe every time it rains, a piece of me deep down really thinks the world is ending; that as the rain stops, the sun reveals a re-creation. For me, thunder storms plead the case for redemption. As the Kingdom Bound attendants scrambled to cover speakers, and get instruments under cover, many of us sang together "Because I'll never, Hold a picture of the whole horizon, in my view...because I'll never rip the night into it makes me wonder, who am I? who am I? and great are You!" God is great at making himself a knowable mystery, especially through the pictures painted in nature. He's still magic. --Jason Germain


Blogger Kathryn said...

I have a book called "Weather" by Ian Westwell. Its the very coolest book, with pix of cloud formations, electrical storms, tornados. Its a compendium of weather terms with full explanations. Things i've never heard of. . fascinating.

I know friends and relatives who are paralyzed with fear during storms.I picture God's voice sounding like the thunder, as described in Revelation,in the Bible. I have to admit that scares me.

I like that thought that sun after the storm is like a re-creation. It is. I like that calm is more appreciated after the chaos. I think that those displays of raw power are humbling.

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thunderstorms are amazing things to watch because they bring you dwn to size and make you see how small and insignificant you are in the grand scheme of things. Although we get plenty of rain here in Ireland we don't get too many thunderstorms, kinda weird because the two sort of go together.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Dale said...

What an awesome post, Jason, and so true. We think we can control our lives and we try to feel n control but God ultimately is the only one in authority. It is only when we give up our attempts at control that we find true peace and renewal.

I wish I had gotten a chance to see you guys at KB 2005 but I didn't have vacation time this year (being at a new job). I live only about 2-2.5 hours from Darien Lake and went to 12 straight, full KB events in the first 13 years, then sporadically through recent years for only a day when I've had the chance. I'm hoping I get another chance soon to catch you guys because I still haven't seen you live.

God bless! Keep on rocking! I love your music and lyrics.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Eline said...

Reading about weather fascinations just reminded me how I felt couple weeks ago…

I’ve been through my first real hurricane. It was a really scary but yet beautiful experience seeing God’s power reflected in his creation. Sight of power and awe that shall forever remain etched in my memory.

Hurricane Wilma hit us at a category 3. The noise of gusts of wind howling all around me as the eye of the storm makes its way across South Florida. Greater than 100 mile-an-hour winds was humbling Immense gusts of wind shaking everything outside to their very foundations, accompanied by the ear-piercing sound of a powerful cyclone, was all around us. The wind came in immense gusts followed by momentary calm. One moment palm trees would be standing upright, the very next moment they were bending at almost 90 degrees.

Few experiences in my life have made me feel smaller. Being blown about like a fragile leaf made me confront the immense fragility of human life, the ferocious power of inescapable nature, and the incomprehensible might of the Creator who lay behind it all. I felt at once exhilarated, uplifted, dread-filled, terrified and, most of all, humbled.
Prayers that highlighted the glory of God and the insignificance of man never seemed more appropriate or real.

That’s exactly how I felt, that I am nothing and God is everything. That I am helpless without God’s protection and that God in his Greatness controls everything !

Thanks for the inspiration Jason, got carried away… I also love your music and your lyrics. Downhere is a blessing for me and my family. You guys are always in my heart and prayers. Keep up the good ministry!

7:47 PM  

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