What’s Your Song Today?
Have you found your family doing some unusual things as you’ve had extra time these last few weeks?
For example, my family was sitting around yesterday searching pandemic playlists and laughing at the songs that have a completely new meaning in these days of social isolation. Here are a few we came across:
- “Can’t Touch This” – MC Hammer
- “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” — Elvis Presley
- “All by Myself” – Eric Carmen
- “Right Here Waiting” – Richard Marx
- “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” – The Police
- “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
Stay with me, I’m coming back to songs in a second.
We’re praying peace for our families this week on Pardon the Mess.
I love that when I wrote this prayer guide for our families over a year ago, the Lord knew this week we would need an extra dose of peace. (It’s as if God already knew what we would need before it even happened. Ha!)
As I was thinking about peace this week and the pandemic playlists on the web, the hymn “It Is Well with My Soul” kept coming to my mind. I kept hearing the rich words that have such deep meaning to many of us.
When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul.”
As you may know, Horatio Spafford wrote this song after his children drowned on a ship headed to England with their mother. When Mr. Spafford went to retrieve his wife in England, he wrote “It Is Well” as he passed through the waters where it was believed his daughters died.
Knowing the circumstances Mr. Spafford faced as he wrote these words gives such great insight into his deep faith.
His song of peace in the middle of a storm became his legacy.
His testimony of faith in a sovereign God continues to lead countless people to worship the God who sustained him, even in the midst of the unthinkable.
I wonder what our song is in these difficult days.
Are we singing a song of anxiety, nervousness, fear, and hoarding?
Or are we singing a song of trust, faith, belief, and hope?
In Philippians, Paul describes the peace Mr. Spafford must have experienced while writing his most well-known hymn. Paul calls it a peace that transcends all understanding through Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:7).
That same peace is available to us when we choose Jesus over the chaos. Paul very practically tells us to pursue this peace in Jesus by thinking only about those things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:9).
I think a keyword for us in the coming days is truth.
We need to be focusing on the truth of God’s word over the chaos in the world. We need to spend more time in Scripture and less time in the news and on our social media feeds. We need to be consumed with God’s promises instead of the world’s words of hopelessness.
What are we doing today to write a lasting song of God’s faithfulness?
What song will our family hear us sing as we walk difficult days?
Are we writing a song that could lead future generations to worship our Savior?
One day, we will have the opportunity to look back on this pandemic and consider how we fared in a time when many found it difficult to understand God’s plan and questioned his goodness.
For now, ask Jesus to write a song of peace and faithfulness in your life these next days and weeks.
Pray for a song that will speak truth and peace to our culture that needs Jesus, leaving a legacy of faith from your life.
What’s your song today?
Note: If you missed last week’s episode with Ellie Holcomb, check it out here!