Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Power of Music

Single Minded, whole hearted
One thing I ask

That I may gaze upon your beauty, O Lord
That I may seek your holy face
That I may know you in an intimate way
And follow after you all my days
And follow after you all my days

All of life comes down to just one thing
And that's to know you, Oh Jesus
And make you known

As we sang this song in church today, I was struck by a couple of things. First of all, just the impact that music has on my life. There are certain songs that will transport me to a different time, to a specific part of my past. This song immediately took me back to freshman year of college. Sitting the auditorium of First Baptist Waco for Touchstone. Crying...tears of brokenness. For the first time in a long time, or maybe ever, I realized that my life wasn't about me. Sure, I knew it in my head before, but it hit me like a ton of bricks that night. I sat in a pew, head in my hands, tears streaming down my face, mourning the selfishness with which I had lived my life. I went home that night, made a phone call to end a relationship that I had been in for very selfish reasons, and started to let God take the reigns for the first time in my life. I can hardly begin to explain the feeling that came over me when I heard this song this morning. Memories of what the Lord has done in my life in the last eight years. Memories of that feeling of brokenness. Memories of such a sweet time in my life. Music. It does it to me every time.

I was also just struck all over again with the words of the song. Reminded that I should have a single focus in my life. Sure, there are things going on all around me, and a ton of stuff going on in my life, but there is one thing that should shine above all others. Such a sweet reminder that my relationship with God really is it. It's all I need, and I should spend my life trying to spread the gift that He's given me through a relationship with Him. What a challenge!

1 comment:

Brooke said...

Great post, Sarah! God has been working on my selfish heart these last few's amazing what we can see when we view the world through eyes that focus on Him instead of ourselves.