The music in it all.

Crash!

Bang!

BOOM!

Vrooooooomm!

Do these sounds get you moving?

Sudden loud noises have never been a favourite to our firstborn. I had to always warn him if the vacuum or coffee grinder was being turned on.

Because of this I naturally did it with my daughter too, always warning her if I was going to do something loud.

There are always a difference right off the start. She would laugh.

When she learned to clap, she would applaud the obnoxious coffee grinder.

Suddenly she learned to dance, and then every sudden, loud, quiet, nice, horrible noise because music to her swaying little body. Nothing made her move like the sound of a table saw.

As I look at how this lady has brightened our world and added value to our lives I can sum it up like this.

She finds the music in it all. What my ears hears as annoying, her ears hear as music. Then her body finds the beat.

Some pretty stressful situations have been diffused by her laughing, clapping and dancing at a time when I just dropped a bunch of pots on my foot. My son has never liked the carwash, but now that she hears the music in the spray, he loves it too.

Just last week I freaked Caleb out by suddenly turning on the coffee grinder. As he jumped he started laughing “oh mommy, Goosie’s dancing again!” (Goosie is her nickname that came from all the times we called her silly goose.)

Sometimes this gift can slow her down (it’s hard to splash as fast as your brother when you dance to the music you’re creating), but it never steals her joy. In fact I have never seen someone get double enjoyment out of so many situations.photo

I didn’t get the importance of all this until Amayah was dancing to the train whizzing by and my husband said “that girl can sure hear the music in it all.”

Then I got it. The nugget of truth held within her beautiful dancing soul.

We can learn to hear the music and find something good to dance to, even when all you think you hear is chaos. In the midst of our difficult circumstances, we can pull out a piece of good and thank the Lord for it, and then hold on to that with all your might and dance on truth when discouragement tries to steal your song.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. (Psalm 5:11)

Don’t let anything steal your song.

 

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All for a rush.

Do you find it hard to follow God in the big things? I’m aways excited to go on an adventure, especially with my wonderful husband, and so when God redirects us locationally, it can be a bit of a  thrill, even if it can be hard to leave where we are.

Hearing God’s voice on huge decisions is exhilarating, and it always blows my mind that He can speak and direct so clearly.

Change is happening quickly for our family again. In two weeks we’ll have relocated to a new town, new ministry position, new house, new friends, new everything.

I’ve had a few people comment to me how it’s awesome that we’re willing to follow God wherever He leads us. While I’m glad that we try to be obedient in this, I’ve been hit in the face with something alarming.

I don’t always follow him very well in the day-to-day.

I find it really hard to go talk to the person that God has clearly brought to me to share hope with at the playground.

I struggle to parent my kids consistently with love and patience.

I’m constantly realizing disrespect in my heart towards my husband.

Jealously can often take root as I battle the comparision game.

And while I may sound hard on myself, I have to ask the question: Am I just willing to obey the Lord when it’s a rush? A thrill? A new adventure?

Of course we need to submit ourselves to God’s big plan for our lives, and that means following His direction the big decisions. But obeying the Lord’s little promptings He gives us and honouring the conviction He brings to our heart will bring great fulfilment in him.photo-2

But for those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough. You are a God who does what is right, and you smooth out the path ahead of them. Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name. (Isaiah 26:7-8)

I have a feeling that in this next season God’s going to be giving me lots of chances to go on this journey of daily obeying Him. I’m so thankful for His grace and mercy that makes these lessons less painful than they should be!

Embrace the rush, the thrill, the excitement of following God, but also embrace the gentle correction, the discipline and joy of day to day faithfulness to our God.