Put it simply, I love music. If given a choice of going deaf or blind, I’d probably have to choose blindness, because though I do love reading and writing and watching sunsets and seeing the beauty of the natural world, a life without music is just harsh. Not to mention lonely.
Almost two years ago I moved out on my own in what used to be my grandpa’s house. It’s out in the country, surrounded by trees, one next door neighbor through the trees, and not 1 but 2 graveyards within easy walking distance. The nearest actual town is only 10 minutes away but that doesn’t even have a wal-mart. When people find out I live in that big house all by myself, they usually ask “don’t you get scared, staying there alone?” And honestly, I never have. My brain envisioned the Jeepers Creepers guy on my porch one night, but that was more creepy than scary. But I really think the reason for that is because it’s never quiet. One of the first things I do when I get up is turn on the music, and it’s one of the last things I turn off before bed. Now I have started recently to leave the music off more often, to listen to the quiet and absorb God’s peace, but comfort and even companionship is one of the major benefits of music.
Now before you start thinking I’m this crazy recluse building fantasy friendships with all these music artists and talking to people that aren’t really there, let me explain. All music, but especially those with Christian lyrics (because those are encouraging rather than just sympathetic), lets you know you’re not alone, that someone else is going through a similar problem. And if you happen to be listening to the radio, not a CD or iPod or whatever, you can also know that someone else is listening to that same song. They may not be pulling the same thing from the song (comfort, peace, correction, forgiveness, etc.), but it’s an awesome feeling to be connected to someone else.
God teaches me through songs, even the sometimes sillier songs (He uses them too, not just the ‘appropriate for church worship’ songs). He reassures me of His promises. Songs help me to connect His truths & teachings more strongly in my life, to read a passage of Scripture or listen to a sermon and have songs pop in my head. Songs stick to my mind like super glue. I may not always find the time to sit and read the Bible like I should, or pray like I should, but He can always get me through music. I love that feeling of just riding along to work or wherever and ‘this song’ comes on the radio, this all significant song that puts words to the feelings of your heart, and all of a sudden I’ve got tears running down my face (now I know why I didn’t have time for make-up this morning), and I know that song was written for me specifically, and if it wasn’t written just for me, it was played right then just for me.
There’s a new Christian artist, Jamie Grace. I found out her song “Hold Me” was released in February of this year, but I only recently paid attention to the song, and once I paid attention, I loved it. This led me to look her up and look into more songs by Jamie Grace.
I found “You Lead.” Please listen to the posted video. Close you eyes, let it speak to your soul. I’m pretty sure it’ll speak to more than just me. The waves of this world are constantly crashing against those of us who have made the decision to stand for Christ. You’ve just got to dig down deep, brace yourself, and follow your Guide.
You can also read the lyrics at http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/lyricsdetail.php?lyrics_id=71486