Moments before our President announced a 21 day lockdown for South Africa due to COVID-19, I was listening to a beautiful new worship song by Elevation Worship featuring Brandon Lake, Graves into Gardens… As I listened to the lyrics, I was immediately swept to the time I first gave my heart to the Lord… the first two verses literally made me feel as I felt all those years ago…I felt His presence as strongly as I did back then, a sense of Peace, Love, Forgiveness and Hope filled my heart… and I felt a breath of New Life move over me… a breath of Life and Life in Abundance… and then… Wam! Moments later our entire nation was left reeling after a slap in the face, reality check… #21DayLockdown but yet I could not shake this feeling of New Life…

I think God wanted to settle me first because he totally already knew I would burst into tears as soon as I heard the news but He also wanted to remind me that in this moment of fear and anxiety He is still here with Life and Life in Abundance! God was reminding me that He can turn every situation around, He can turn mourning into dancing, He can turn those ashes into beauty… and He can give life to the dry bones!

Remember Beloved, He who created the very Heavens and the Earth, He who built the very foundations of this World, He Who was, Who Is and Who is to come, reigns over all the Earth. No disease or pestilence, no weapon, no demon, no enemy, nothing shall prevail over you. Today, I declare Life and Life in Abundance over you and your family, and children, your friends and neighbours, over your work or employees, over your businesses and finances. I speak life to every person infected and affected by this disease. I speak life, protection and strength over our leaders, every medical professional and essential worker!

This situation is temporary, it too shall pass but just remember today, remember Who is on the Throne! Remember that death has already been conquered and we should not fear what is to come! Remember that even in death we are still present with the Lord. What could ever be more abundant than eternal life? Ultimately, in all things turn to Jesus because there is nothing better than Him, He gives us Life… Life in Abundance…

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:21 NKJV

I searched the world
But it couldn’t fill me
Man’s empty praise
And treasures that fade
Are never enough

Then You came along
And put me back together
And every desire
Is now satisfied
Here in Your love (Hey)

Oh, there’s nothing better than You
There’s nothing better than You
Lord, there’s nothing
Nothing is better than You
(Yes I know it’s true)

I’m not afraid
To show You my weakness
My failures and flaws
Lord, You’ve seen them all
And You still call me friend

‘Cause the God of the mountain
Is the God of the valley
There’s not a place
Your mercy and grace
Won’t find me again

You turn mourning to dancing
You give beauty for ashes
You turn shame into glory
You’re the only one who can

You turn graves into gardens
You turn bones into armies
You turn seas into highways
You’re the only one who can
You’re the only one who can

Graves Into Gardens lyrics © Be Essential Songs

Elevation Worship featuring Brandon Lake – Graves into Gardens

Deshni Ganesan

My name is Deshni Ganesan and I am based on the North Coast of KZN in sunny South Africa. I am the creator and the voice behind Live Called, a website designed for Christian women who are simply looking for a little inspiration, motivation, revelation and a little bit more…

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