I usually listen to classical music while driving. I like the way the music invites me into my imagination without spoon-feeding words. I ebb and flow into the rhythm of my thoughts, working out my own story within the composer’s backdrop.
My teenage daughter also enjoys classical music. One of her biggest stress reliefs is playing her flute. When I hear her play, I know she is giving herself a dose of centering and permission to free her thinking — she gives to each note a full expression of life. Indeed, music can allow the mind and heart freedom to recognize what is emotionally holding us, both good and bad … knocking upon memories and opening doors to hope.
On the way to taking my daughter to a doctor’s appointment, I put the radio on my usual classical station. I notice my daughter’s thoughts settle as she stares out the window. The busy highway no longer becomes her focus. She is transported to a place which leaves her expression gentle and peaceful.
However, the music begins to crack. The song distorts into a heavy, fuzzy sound. Eventually, we can no longer recognize a single note … it is as if chaos upon chaos invades our tranquil space.
“Turn that off, Mom!” my daughter snaps. The expression upon her face is now of discontent and frustration.
“Just wait,” I reply, not taking my eyes off the road.
“It is driving me crazy! Change the station or turn it off!”
“Just wait,” I repeat.
Sure enough, after we get beyond a stretch of highway, the music returns.
“I knew the symphony would return. Unlike you, I have already been down this road. I was already expecting the problem, and I already knew it would be okay,” I tell my daughter.
I have thought upon this car ride often. How many times do we as Believers move along in our set tempo, centering ourselves in scripture and the comforts of normalcy? That is until something disrupts our tranquil space and makes everything seem unclear and frustrating.
Perhaps the disruption is being the target of someone’s hard heart, an unwelcomed health diagnosis, or a reoccurring insecurity. We can over think, become distrustful, and feel like our nerves are detaching themselves from the very calm which centers us.
But God tells us to wait. Just wait. To not allow our emotions to get ahead of the Lord.
“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14).
God knows the road you are on, and He already knows the outcome. He knows you. He loves you. He is your guide. Yes, God does not take His eyes off you … even if what you are experiencing now is not what you wish to be facing or feeling. God’s plans always prevail.
“Then Job answered the LORD and said, ‘I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted’” (Job 42:1-2).
God can be trusted to give you what need in times of unrest and in times of peace. Why? Because God remains God. He is ever-faithful. You can trust the entire mapping of your life to God because He alone knows the roads. He made the map. He has you firmly held. You are secure with God.
Would you say you are more obedient to your emotions or God?
Will you choose today to live into the fullness of the love and provisions only God can provide?
And will you wait upon the Lord in unfamiliar stretches and stress, leaning into His power and peace, knowing He already knows what is on and down your road?
May your symphony be a sweet sound to your soul and others this week.
SGLY, dear reader.
(Smile, God Loves You.)
Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian author and opinion columnist. You can find her newly released books, “H.E.R.O. Faith” and “Bad Disciples” on Amazon. To submit feedback on SGLY, please contact news@amtrib. com.