A few years ago I began writing a novel. A children’s book. It was called The Light Rangers and it was about a family of children who were the last of the Light Rangers left in the universe. They were the remnant, their parents were lost and it was up to the children to save the known world using only the power of the Light.
I loved writing it. I was having so much fun. And then one day in the middle of my prayer on the beach, God said, “STOP! Stop writing the book.” I was so devastated. I almost burst into tears, but instead I asked, “Why?”
And God said, “Because it is not honouring to me, and it is not helping your family.”
Ouch. Big Ouch because I had thought it was, both those things. I thought it honoured God and I thought my kids would love to read it, I thought my husband would benefit from having a thriving creative wife, doing something she loved.
So I asked, a little frightened of the answer, “What will I do instead?”
And God said, “You will write songs. Songs of thanksgiving, songs of praise songs of joy and songs of hope.”
A little surprising, due to the fact that I don’t write music, I wasn’t really sure how that would actually happen but what I really wanted to know was, “Will I ever finish the book?”
Has God ever said, “No” like that to you? It’s so final.
Anyway I did it, I put the book aside and I began to write songs. The amazing thing is that God even provided the music, completely original tunes, and I began to sing them. They became my worship. I’d sing at the sink, at the clothesline, I’d sing everywhere, songs of thanksgiving, songs of praise, songs of joy and songs of hope.
Writing your own songs with God is something I would recommend. Songs just for worship, for no other purpose; not for material gain or even the ears of others, just for the Lord. It is a wonderful thing to do.
I want to share the first song I wrote with you though, because it describes what it was like to take this particular step of obedience. What it felt like to stop writing the book, forever, and begin writing songs of thanksgiving, praise, hope and joy. It describes what it feels like when God says, “No” and we know we must obey, against all our feelings. It also shows the way out of those feelings.
Do you know what the way out is? Do you know the way out of your pity party?
I’ll tell you. It is through songs of thanksgiving, songs of praise, songs of joy and songs of hope!
I wrote a post called What To Do When We’re Anxious recently. In it I outlined what steps we are to take to pray our way out of our anxiety. I looked at Philippians 4:6-10. Check it out, it is a great way to pray through our worries and problems.
But, what I didn’t say in that post is what comes just before, in Philippians 4:4-5.
Philippians 4:4-5 says,
Rejoice in the LORD always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The LORD is near.
The reason this comes first is that the rejoicing, the singing that comes with obedience out of our spirit, especially when we don’t feel like singing, does something to our soul, it softens us towards God. We go gently to him in song. There is something about music and singing that will not let us stay hard, and as we go gently, lose the tough outer shell we feel him, near us. The physical presence of the Lord.
Be encouraged today if God has said, “No” to you, Sing! Let him put a new song in your heart. Here is a link to the song in Part 2 of this post.
Lots of love,
P.S. If you click on the tag “Original Songs” you can look at the lyrics for other songs I’ve written and be encouraged by them also.
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