Sometimes this is how The Lord works:
Thursday morning, I stumbled upon a tweet from a young man who was a child the last time I saw him 10 years ago. His tweet contained a reference to Isaiah 40:1-2, and I have provided the passage below, via the ESV:
I read the whole chapter and was particularly struck with verses 9-18. I read them and re-read them, and and by the third or fourth time, a song began to form in my mind. The melody was beautiful, the instruments were elegant, and the voices were very specific. As I heard them, I knew them.
In a strange way, the experience felt more like a memory than a discovery. To say it was “beautiful” would be an understatement; I was in awe of God for what happened.
As I got off the bus, I hummed the melody and sang the song into my voice memo app. I had little time to do so, but fortunately the song stayed in my head for the day, and I continually replayed the melody to myself–hoping I would not lose it.
I still have not lost it, and some of the verses of that passage have slowly but surely fallen into my memory. During the weekend as I was doing this-task-or-that, I would remember the song and the potency of the experience from Thursday. Over time, the memory of the melodious words held them captive in my heart. These few verses I had committed to memory almost by accident.
I look forward to committing the rest, and if time allows and the Lord wills it, I would love to meet with a pianist, composer, or musician and discuss the song I heard. How wonderful would it be if a simple tweet on a Thursday morning lead to a new song! What’s more, perhaps we will discover that it is already a song, and indeed rather than discovering something new in the ether of beauty, the verses reignited in me some long-dormant memory.
Either way it’s beautiful experience will not be lost on me. As I said, if the Lord wills it I will share the melody he placed on my heart that wonderful day. Here’s hoping.
Thanks for reading,
PS – Here are verse 9-18 for those interested.
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