Recently the soundtrack from “The Greatest Showman” has been the only music playing in my house. In fact, as soon as we left the movie theater over Christmas Break, one of my kiddos pulled up the album on Spotify and “Project Learn All the Songs” commenced.
I have a tendency to completely immerse myself in an album if I am drawn in and love the music. Sometimes my family grows weary of hearing the same songs over and over and over again, but that’s how the music seeps down into the marrow of my bones. I turn the lyrics over slowly and repetitively on my tongue like a piece of ice on a hot summer day. The music melts in and becomes a part of me.
Most of our memories are wrapped up in some kind of sensory marker. If we see a picture, smell certain food, or go to a certain place, we can uncannily retrieve a memory attached to the sense engaged.
Music is the marker of my life and my life is full of musical Ebenezers (1 Samuel 7:12).
I remember the music from times of triumph and times of defeat.
I remember the music from times of joy and times of sadness.
I remember the music from times of love and times of heartbreak.
Just hearing certain music sets off a chain reaction of emotional memory and usually awakens a beautifully satisfying spiritual pilgrimage to past experiences.
I am currently going through the study, “Uninvited” by Lysa Terkeurst, a study I highly encourage you to go through!! Why? Unpack this statement, one of many nuggets of wisdom to take hold of memorize from the book:
“The mind feasts on what it focuses on. What consumes my thinking will be the making or the breaking of my identity.”
How true is this?! I want to feast on the commands of God designed to bring me fullness of life and fullness of joy.
Knowing how I’m wired means 2018 is a year I am planning to immerse myself in songs that speak of God’s principles. And this spiritual discipline isn’t only for musicians. It’s biblical baby.
May the words of Psalm 119:54 ring true for ALL of us in 2018 as we journey on, singing songs along the way:
“Thy statutes are my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.”
Only by songs of grace,
Pastor’s Wife & Director of Thrive Women’s Ministry