If I was asked who my favorite CCM artist of all time is, I would have to say it’s Casting Crowns. (In case you are interested, Michael W. Smith and Chris Tomlin probably round out the top three.) One of the things I love about the Crowns’ music is that their songs almost all originate out of devotions for the youth group they lead back in their hometown. (Coolest youth leaders ever, right?) I wanted to share one of their more recent songs with you this morning that has meant a lot to me.
It should come as no surprise to those of you that know me that I am a bit of a control freak. I’m a task-oriented guy, one that wants to fix problems by attacking them head-on. So it is very difficult for me to deal with something over which I have little control. Having a special needs son is something that God has used to reveal that to me and help me grow in relying more on Him and less on myself. When my wife, Jeana, had her surgery last year, this Casting Crowns song called “Just Be Held” was a real comfort to me and a good reminder that it wasn’t up to me to fix it – I needed to trust Him with it. And of course, He was faithful as always.
Here’s the chorus:
So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Ironically, when Casting Crowns singer Mark Hall wrote this song, he had no idea that he would be diagnosed with cancer in one of his kidneys last month. He has since mentioned that the song is his testimony right now as he goes through this difficult trial. Mark had surgery to remove the kidney earlier this week and all the reports have been good so far.