I first heard the song “Mighty to Save” when I was on a youth group mission trip in Costa Rica just a month or so after high school graduation. I loved the song immediately and adopted it as one of my all-time favorites, a personal anthem of sorts. “Mighty to Save” has been a banner song over so many seasons of my life, from Costa Rica to Columbia to Mexico to Bluefield.
Yes, Bluefield. At work yesterday I walked into the auditorium to find students hard at work in preparation for next week’s Easter program. It was a “full circle” moment for me when I saw a group of preteen girls learning a choreographed routine to a song that God has used for years to remind me of His mission in the world.
“Savior, He can move the mountains. My God is mighty to save; He is mighty to save.” (Sidenote: This is especially powerful imagery when you live in a town that’s surrounded by mountains.)
I heard the music playing. I watched the girls dancing. And I began to dream about what God might do in and through them. God is mighty enough to save even those who don’t realize they need saving, I thought. I heard the chorus continue.
“He rose and conquered the grave. Jesus conquered the grave.”
The same One who conquered the grave is powerful enough to conquer poverty, addiction, violence, hopelessness, prejudice, and heartbreak.
Sweet girls, the words you’re dancing to are true – truer than your feelings and truer than your circumstances. I pray that these words will define your life just as much, if not more, than they’ve defined mine.
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing” (Zeph. 3:17).