Already There

Album: Come to The Well (2011)
  • On Mother's Day 2010, Casting Crowns frontman Mark Hall and his wife Melanie adopted a little girl, Meeka Hope, from China. The small child has some special needs and has needed a whole series of procedures. The first year with her new family was a tough time for poor Meeka, but also for Melanie. As Hall said, "when a child hurts, no one else hurts like Mama."

    This difficult period in the Hall family's life inspired this song, which encourages the Christian to maintain a heavenly perspective when times are hard and to remember that God is faithful. Mark Hall explained to New Release Tuesday: "In the midst of a rough stretch, God gave me a gentle reminder that whatever we face ahead of us, he's already there. And he's in control. When I deal with high school seniors who are trying to figure out what their future looks like, I always tell them, 'God is already sitting at the end of your life looking back on it. He's not stressed, so let's not stress on it now.'

    We have a God who is not bound by time or space. To him, space and time are mere creations. A thousand years is as one day to God, so if you have anxious thoughts try to remember Philippians 4:6-9. Paul encourages us to give our worries and fears to the Lord and pray with thanksgiving. How do we pray thanksgiving when we're anxious? I like to simply whisper, 'Thank you, Lord, that you are not anxious about this.' It reminds me that God is standing at the end of my days and looking back on them. Whatever comes, he's already there. Someday, an orphaned little Chinese princess will be able to testify to this wonderful truth. In English."

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