God's Composition

Feel_the_Music_by_Alephunky.jpg                I find it fascinating the effect music can have. How it can instantly change your mood, take you to a distant memory, or speak to you just what you need to hear. I was having dinner with some friends recently and we started talking about music. One made a comment on how someone told him his favorite band was “so high school” and we were trying to figure out what exactly that could mean. Did the music somehow change since then? Was it relegated to the past? What was to keep the music from still being relevant? It’s odd how music can mean one thing to someone, and another thing to someone else.

                I have had the same favorite band for about 10 years now. I first fell in love with their music when I was a sophomore in High School. Riq and I’s first dance was to one of their songs. This band has never felt foreign in my life, their music is just as important and relevant to where I’m at today as it was 10 years ago. That’s not always the case though, is it? I have bands on my iPod that I look at and say “they were so high school.” Bands that really summed up what I was going through, or where my life was, but certainly don’t anymore. They’re good for nostalgia, but they really don’t have that spark in my life that they used to.

                Some songs I have remind me of specific people, some songs are my break up songs, some were relationship songs, and some songs were for an event or a time in my life. Some songs I just can’t listen to anymore, the places or people or times I’ve connected them to in my life are just too sensitive still, and I have to change the radio, or skip the song because even today I just can’t handle them.

                Most music in my life is constantly changing, generally if I find something I like I don’t ever stop liking it, though except for my favorite band I jump around in what I listen to and like most. That kind of seems to be the way things go for me though. I always have new favorites, even if I haven’t stopped liking the last most awesome thing. The one constant that’s never really changed in my life is God.

                Sure my faith walk has had it’s share of hills and valleys, but there’s never been a time I was completely without faith, that it wasn’t the most important thing in my life. Even the time’s I’ve questioned it, that search and those questions were the number one things in my life, my whole focus was on reconciling them. I gotta say I’m very blessed for that. God has been such a constant and huge part of my life, and I know that’s not true for everyone.

                The boys Confirming next month have been diligently working on the service and the last little bits of Catechism to prepare, one of the things we’ve been talking about is their Confirmation verses.  Mine was very different when I Confirmed then what it would be today. My favorite Bible verses are Psalm 139:8-10, “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

                It’s funny how a song can have one meaning at a certain point in your life, and a different meaning just a short time later. Kind of reminds me of God’s Word. Reading the same passage or verse in the Bible can speak one thing to you today, and something different tomorrow. God’s Word is ever changing, yet completely constant. That’s why it’s so important to have it permeate your life, its His Word to us, His letter, and it is always relevant.

                My favorite band has been the same for 10 years, my life has changed in almost every single way imaginable since then, yet this band has never lost that special place in my life, has never stopped speaking to me. Neither has the Bible. If music from this band has had such a profound impact on my life, has been just the right thing at the right time through all these changes, and it was written by imperfect humans. How much more then can God’s own Word lead me and comfort me in times of trouble and uncertainty? His inspired and Holy Word, written just for me, just when I need it.



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