I consider myself to be, among other things, a lyricist. I think in concepts. The concept (message/moral/story) comes to me; then I fill in the blanks. Here’s one I’m currently working with: This past weekend, after singing at church, I sat in my pew feeling *ahem* pretty good about my singing abilities, until during the closing song, when I heard an extremely loud voice behind me singing confidently out of tune.
Passion in Praise
I recognized it as the voice of a 12-year-old girl with severe cognitive impairments that also attends my church along with her parents. Her voice was so loud that it deafened all of the voices around us. I quickly let my hair fall to cover my face and the tears streaming down my cheeks. At that moment, all I could think about was God smiling and dancing and singing along to the passion in this girl’s praise. I thought of the comparatively filthy rags I had offered just a few moments ago. But mostly, I thought, “This needs to be a song.”
So, what drives how you think? Do you think in riffs, photographs, equations, or diagrams? I think my friend is right: This is how God speaks to us. Are you listening?
“Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David” (Isaiah 55:3, NLT).
Jael Amador writes from New York, New York.© 2002 - 2021, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.