Music to my ears
God often wakes me with a song in my heart. Actually, He speaks to me in song all the time, so it’s only appropriate that He would help set the tone of my day in words and music. Sometimes, when I first hear the song He’s selected for our day, I giggle. God gets me. Other times, I’ve been moved to tears because of the tender message my Father so preciously chose, just for me. He really does get me.
Sometimes, I just don’t get it. Seriously. Sometimes I think, was that You or me? Has to be me. Got to be my head playing games with me. Like today. I woke with a sweet love song from my Savior early this morning. But not long after my day began, I distinctly heard David Bowie and Freddie Mercury singing, Under Pressure. Mind you, I’m having a glorious, rare, day off today. So, no pressure here. But let me indulge you, Abba. I listened. Forgot how much fun this song was. Listened again. This is awesome. Read the lyrics, read them again. Grabbed the bluetooth speaker and made my kids listen (which resulted in me being the subject of a mocking snapchat to someone’s friends. Ah, my darlings.) Listened again. It’s so beautiful. Love. Helping those in need. Love. Helping our friends. Love. And the pressures of this world.
I did a quick Google search and found that David Bowie and Queen are credited with writing, Under Pressure. Released in 1981, Queen performed it live, at every show until 1986. Of course, there was that whole Vanilla Ice, sampling thing in the ’90’s. But I couldn’t find any explanation for the lyrics. No story behind the song. Mind you, I’m still wondering… Why God?
A universal message
Pressure, and the stress it causes is relative. We all feel it and manage it in different ways. Jesus was clear, that in this world we WILL have trouble, trials, tribulation, but that He came to bring us peace (John 16:33). I think it’s something we should be mindful of in others. It causes people to do some crazy things. A few years ago, I commuted to an office about 30 minutes from my house. Without fail, two to three mornings a week, a guy in an SUV used to weave in and out of bumper-to-bumper traffic, honking at anyone who didn’t yield to his flashing headlights. I remember looking at him in the rearview mirror more than once, his arms flailing because he couldn’t get past me. I used to think… what kind of day is this poor guy going to have? Of course, my next thought would always be… this dude needs an alarm clock. My point is that the stress of being late made this guy a lunatic on the road. Situations like this, not handled in love, can escalate quickly.
Love. It just couldn’t be more clear. We should do all things in love. I know I just said this last week, but I guess God thinks it bears repeating:
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. John 13:34
This is our last dance.
Time is short. Believers, we feel the clock ticking. We know our Savior’s return is close. I don’t need to remind you that there is still so much to do. This is our last dance. Whether we see the return of our savior in our lifetime or not, our days on Earth are limited. And we have a job to do. So I guess you could say, we are under pressure.
Listen with eyes of faith
Yes, I said listen. Use your faith filter and just listen. When you get to, give love one more chance, tell me if it made you smile.