As I have mentioned before I am working on the “Looking for Lovely Bible Study” by Annie F. Downs for lent.
Today’s reading really hit me and was something that really spoke to me as I am walking where I am right now in my life.
The story being told is of music in our lives. What songs have meant a lot as you are walking through different/difficult times in your life? How do these songs help you to persevere.
Well as I am thinking about that so many songs come to mind. I mean, I have songs for the good the bad, for high school and college, from weddings and for funerals. Songs that when they come on the radio automatically take me to that place in my life and I can recall a memory instantly.
What about in the middle though? Like I said, I have a lot of song memories for the good and for the bad, but what about for the middle, for the ordinary or when you are in the middle of the plateau?
Annie F. Downs says “It’s always hard for me to sing from the middle. Sing at the start? I can do that. Because at the start I’m so full of hope and excitement and WOOHOO! Sing at the end? Yes, please. We made it, the race is over, I knew we’d be fine – let’s celebrate! But in the middle? When things seems hard and unsure and you don’t totally know where it’s going? You gotta sign form there. You have to persevere there, let your worship build character in you.”
I needed to read this today. I have never felt so much in the middle of something (accept for maybe my divorce). I text my husband right away with this very message, as he is right in the very thick of the middle too. Yesterday I had the glorious opportunity to hang out with my bestie and I feel like she is in the middle of something as well. Lastly, my sister is very much in the middle of a situation where the start and the end make sense, but that middle is just awful.
Find a way to sing in the middle. To sing from the middle. Look for the song, for the meaning and sing your way through it!
Happy Monday Friends!