Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Painting Pictures

At retreat this weekend, I shared this song with those at my table while explaining it's where I've lived my life for the last few years.

I had to laugh at the timing
as I consider old patterns
and how much easier it would be to use them as I set out to lose this weight.

There's no guarantee I will never slip back to Egypt
it's pretty tantalizing
but I've found life so much better through the desert.

Not sure what I'm trying to say here
but maybe someone else needs to hear this song

So here it is, on youtube
(lyrics following)

Painting Pictures of Egypt
Sara Groves

I don’t want to leave here
I don’t want to stay
It feels like pinching to me either way
The places I long for the most
Are the places where I’ve been
They are calling after me like a long lost friend

It’s not about losing faith
It’s not about trust
It’s all about comfortable
When you move so much
The place I was wasn’t perfect
But I had found a way to live
It wasn’t milk or honey
But then neither is this

I’ve been painting pictures of Egypt
Leaving out what it lacked
The future seems so hard
And I want to go back
But the places that used to fit me
Cannot hold the things I"ve learned
And those roads closed off to me
While my back was turned

The past is so tangible
I know it by heart
Familiar things are never easy to discard
I was dying for some freedom
But now I hesitate to go
Caught between the promise
And the things I know

If it comes too quick
I may not recognize it
Is that the reason behind all this time and sand?
If it comes too quick
I may not appreciate it
Is that the reason behind all this time and sand?



Brooke said...

what a powerful song!

Praise God that He delivers us both from Egypt and from the desert!

...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

I haven't listened to Sarah Grove in forever!

Jill said...

Blogs need a like button!!! :)

Just Playin' said...

I love retreats! Powerful music too!

Amanda said...

I love Sara Groves! She led worship at a conference I was at, and it just made me love her more...she seems as genuine in "real" life as she does in her music.

InspiredDreamer said...

What a great song!!