Sunday Review: The Will of God or “Sometimes, you just can’t sing yet, and it’s okay”

March 9, 2008 at 3:32 pm 2 comments

Sometimes Sundays take a lot of internal work…and I guess that’s the point.   I was so blessed by being there, the message, the very awesomely funny skit, extra family in town.  But, when we got to the invititation and had to sing “I Surrender All”, initially it felt like a very cruel joke. 

How in the world does a person sometimes sing a song like that?  Note:  (For those of you just joining in, my Mom shared with me this week that she is seriously exploring going overseass to work for an extended time.   Click here to catch up on that story.)  

So, standing there, I just listened.  I noticed that the harmony of voices was beautiful. 

The song was quiet, like a theme song running in the background of the movie…now, the movie of my life.  I heard the alto of a beautiful, soft, harmony from the gentle-spirited woman behind me.  I could not hear it earlier when I was singing myself.  I was reminded at this though that in movies, the actor usually doesn’t sing the songs that are playing.  There is no visible responce to the song at all…it is just there, lending to the moment.  Actually, it is often not for the actor at all, but for those watching.  

I began to relax some until someone would walk the aisle, and I’d think, “Aw, no.  We have to keep singing this song.”

Then, another shuffled forward and I thought in my own struggle, “You’ve GOT to be kidding me.” 

I’d try to listen and relax again.  I’d try to enjoy my daughter singing every word, rocked by my mother.  They swayed,  dancing together.

At last, I could hum, not the words, mind you…but the tune. 

Today, that was enough. 

The will of God is best.  To be found in the center of God’s will, where there is peace and God’s favor and blessing–even when we can’t yet sing.  But, I can type:

“All to Jesus, I surrender

All Him I freely give

I will ever love and trust Him

In his presence daily live…

I surrender all

I surrender all

All to Thee, my blessed Saviour,

I surrender all.”

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  • 1. touchofglory  |  March 9, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Funny you should write about this, because I thought of you the whole time we were singing this song…

  • 2. mandythompson  |  March 10, 2008 at 11:47 am

    mmm….. LOVE this post, especially from the perspective as a worship leader. its so valuable for me to know what’s going on in people’s minds as they worship.

    thanks for being honest. its TOTALLY right and good to NOT sing sometimes!

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