Review of “The Unmaking” by Nichole Nordeman
I received a copy of “They Unmaking” CD by Nichole Nordeman from FlyByPromotions, and couldn’t wait to hear what she had created. I had seen Nichole at a Women of Faith conference a few years back, and thought her voice was amazing. The words to the songs were great and really help you to lift up your voice in worship!! There is one, called “Slow Down” that I so wish I would have had in my CD closet when my son was a baby – this would be absolutely perfect to use as a lullaby!! It really makes you realize how fast life goes, and how you sometimes wish you could push the “pause” button on life.
I wanted to find out more about the CD, so I looked on a bunch of her social media pages for more information. I love how on her Facebook page, she said: “Been carrying these little songs around in my pocket for some time now. Awfully nice to get to get to finally skip them across the lake.”
There’s definitely a time and place for everything, and I’m so glad that she decided to share these songs with us. They are all amazing, and she once again, released a CD to be proud of!! I hope that these songs will touch lives, help people be able to open up, and let all of us grow closer to God!
About The Main Song:
What can I build for God? I’ve spent my life asking this.
Maybe it’s because I misunderstood what God wanted when I was young, or maybe it’s my own pride and ambition, or maybe somewhere in my heart I still secretly suspect that God measures and rates and reviews my spiritual accomplishments. I don’t even know what “spiritual accomplishments” actually means. Maybe I still want to have “something to show” for all this work I’ve done along the journey. So I want to build something for God. I’d like for it to be tall and impressive and for a whole bunch of people to take notice. Especially God.
Not too long ago, I heard a pastor friend of mine named Andrew Arndt say this, “God longs for resurrection in us…but first we have to go through some measure of unmaking.”
Unmaking? That sounded like the opposite of what I’d been trying to accomplish spiritually for years. I sat with those words for a long time.
Before things in our lives can be resurrected and given new life, certain things must die. Before beauty blooms in spring, roots must do the hard work under the hard frozen soil of winter. Before you renovate and re-build, you tear down the parts of the structure that are weak or damaged or dangerous.
Before we make, we must unmake.
This didn’t resonate with my ongoing “build something big for God” obsession. It didn’t resonate because that’s never been what God wants. It’s what we want. To make God in our own image, so that people might stop and stare and marvel at our awesomeness. I mean God’s awesomeness.
Let me tell you where God wanted to meet me these past several years.
On a pile of rubble.
He wanted to sit with me in the silence and dust, after the wrecking ball, and put his arms around me for a while. He asked for vulnerability. And for honesty. I was embarrassed about the rubble and started to explain right away. He didn’t want to hear my plans for improvement. He had no interest in my blueprints. He wanted to hold hands and dry my tears. To help me understand that the rubble is where we have to start. The unmaking is first. We sat there for a long, long time until I started to get it.
It’s hard still. I’m so performance oriented. As a performer, that stands to reason, I guess. But I’m finding that the more willing I am to be honest about the broken parts of my life that are being unmade, and not necessarily shined up for presentation, the more likely I am to build something that matters. Stacking up these stones again to build what God has really been asking for all along…an altar.
About Nichole Nordeman:
Nichole Nordeman was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she played the piano in church. She got her start when she entered a Gospel Music Association (GMA) contest in Los Angeles, California and was noticed by a music producer. She is a recording artist and songwriter for Sparrow/EMI CMG, with numerous number-one and top ten singles to her credit and cumulative CD sales of over one million. A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist of the Year, she has won a total of nine Dove Awards, including the best-selling album, Music Inspired by The Story. Her best-known songs include “Holy”, “Legacy”, “Brave”, “This Mystery”, “Why”, and “What If”. She lives with her family in Tulsa, OK.
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