The next song in the unheard album titled “A Place to Rest My Head” is written by my dear friend Shawna Kirk, her husband Eli, and me. Shawna and I had been talking about seeing God in unexpected places. It’s truly amazing when you open up your mind, your eyes begin to see God’s handiwork everywhere.
I had grown up in the church and will never forget the time when our TLC (small group) met at our house and we talked about our friends outside of the church. I was completely dumbfounded. I realized I had no friends outside of the church. This was the first moment I had the thought that growing up in the church can be detrimental, even cultish. I was living in a church bubble and there was a whole world, created by my loving God, outside of the bubble.
About 4 years later, in 1997, Shawna and I had our conversation and began writing “Never Knew You Looked Like That”. God had blown our minds (as usual) with His presence. He is in all things, the beggar on the street, the children laughing on the playground, the colors of the changing leaves. You don’t have to ever enter a church’s door to feel the presence of God. He has created all things, He is in all things.
“You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
““Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
“Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”