Last January 2020, I had the opportunity of visiting my native country, the Philippines, for the first time in almost nine years.
The most extended leg of my journey was the flight from Auckland to Singapore, 11 hours, more or less.
The excitement of seeing my native country, visiting and being with my family, my mom, brother, and in-laws are enough to make me sleepless.
I wished I had superpowers to put the plane into the speed of light so we’d land safely soonest.
Then I remembered that I had this melody I composed in early 2019. I thought, why not write the lyrics of the song.
So, I took out my phone and started scribbling.
As a background, I composed this melody with two stories in mind – the sudden passing of our cousin in February 2019 and the Christchurch terror attack on 15th March 2019.
At that moment, up in the air, flying from Christchurch to Singapore, as I thought of the words to write for the melody, I also looked back to our life’s journey in New Zealand.
The six lines of the lyrics capture our family’s journey to starting a life in New Zealand.
Walking along the beach, we seek,
We talk and listen
What the waves may say…
As the surf rolls on the sand
And touch our feet
We’re still on Higher Ground!
Holding our hands, we pray
Trusting and believing that
God is there for us
Yes, He’s with us!
In Timaru, where we live, we find Caroline Bay, Dashing Rocks, and South Beach as wonderful nearby places to walk, meditate, and commune with God.
We all probably have observed how the waves would rush to the shore, build up speed and foaming crest before finally collapsing on the sand. The momentum would continue. The water flowed offshore as far as it could before receding to the sea.
It might wet your feet. Sometimes, more giant waves would come rushing fast and crashing suddenly and drenching you.
However, you know that you are confident that these waves will never wash you away as long as you’re on higher ground.
Friends, whatever trials you’re going through right now, and they may come in different wave sizes, but always remember that with God, you are still and will always be on higher ground.
Below are scriptures that assure us that we are always on higher ground, no matter how hard or easy life is.
- Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2-4).
- Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (2 Corinthians 1:3).
- May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
You are still and always be on higher ground, my friend. Please don’t give up. Keep hoping.
Please read the complete lyrics of the song “I Will Rejoice” and listen to the music while reading by clicking on the button below:
PHOTO: “Standing Driftwood” at Gillespies Beach, West Coast, NZ by Jonan Castillon