There’s a song right now on some Christian music stations by Royal Tailor called “Hold Me Together.” I know some are not huge Christian music fans and I get that, but for me, it seems that if I’m open to it, I often hear exactly what I need to hear and music seems to speak to me in ways that can break through even when my guard is up to everything else.
This past weekend Winthrop Wesley took a trip to Florida for Disney’s Night of Joy concert series. It was a great trip and I think the students all had a good time….but it was exhausting. Like for real, seriously exhausting. After working all day Friday, driving to Gainesville to spend the night at Gator Wesley took a pretty big toll on my energy level. And then getting up at 6 this next morning to get ready to drive to Orlando was a lot. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Disney and rides and getting people where they needed to go and answering questions, I was pretty empty.
That night at the Magic Kingdom, Christian music was playing everywhere. Even when the concerts weren’t playing, the music on the loud speakers everywhere you went was Christian music. It may not have been everyone’s cup of tea and for those that don’t particularly love Christian music, it may have been pretty annoying, but for me – I really, really needed to hear it. I was on the D for DONE side and it was nice to feel God’s presence even in the midst of walking through the youth-crowded park and pushing one of the students in a wheel chair.
On the way to and from the trip we didn’t listen to a ton of Christian music and it was very much top 40 kind of stuff, and I must admit that lately in my car, I haven’t listened to a ton of Christian music. Sometimes I just get burnt out listening to the same things or I’m just tired of noise at the end of a long day, but how refreshing is it to know that we can be replenished when we need it in some of the least likely of ways if we’re just open to it?
If we stick both fingers in our ears and scream la, la, la at the top of our lungs and don’t want to hear or see or feel the power of God, we may just succeed, but if we ask, we’ll receive. It may not come in the form we want and we may have those seasons of doubt or frustration or questions but it’s amazing to me how faithful God is when we let it happen. I also believe that even when we la, la, la our heads off, that God continues to seek to be in relationship with us. God continues to want to open our eyes to mercies anew each day. Even when we’re tired. And our energy is shot. God seeks to hold us together and let us know that grace covers it all. We don’t have to always live the picture perfect, black and white, cookie cutter image, but we just have to let it go, drop our pride at the door, and be fully open to the grace, power, and life-changing hope of Jesus.
That’s something I needed today and something I continue to long for.