Playing music and singing is one of my “Go To” coping techniques for when I’m struggling with many issues I now face. Be it Physical pain, Emotional pain or Medical issues. When I know it’s coming on, I’ll grab my guitar in a heartbeat. It’s relaxing to me. It’s beneficial for me. It’s just overall good for me!
Earlier tonight I had a terrible headache. I laid down in bed as usual for the bedtime routine. I knew it was probably going to be a night that I couldn’t sleep and probably end up watching the sun rise. As I laid in bed, I had such a torrent of emotions and thoughts hit me all at once. I got up out of bed, grabbed my guitar and headed for the kitchen. My wife and kids were sound asleep. I closed their bedroom doors, to not disturb them. I was going to play music a little while, relax and go back to bed. That was at 1130 p.m. it’s now 430 a.m.
I sat at the kitchen counter for a while, never played one note. I then moved to the dining table, strummed a few chords, played half of a song, then just stopped.
So many thoughts going on that they completely overwhelmed me to where I just sat there quietly. I sat there and eventually realized, while I’ve let my mind wander off and worry about this medical issue, this problem and that situation, I’ve been sitting here at this table holding my guitar for over an hour and a half, and it hasn’t made a sound. The sound that I have to make come from it. The sound that I have to hold my fingers just right and hit the strings to make a beautiful sound come out. The sound that calms me down and takes my worries away, wasn’t there.
Then this thought came to mind. You’re the musician/operator, you have to put your hands on this instrument to make it work. You have to place your hands here and there. Guide your fingers correctly to the strings to make something beautiful come out of this inanimate object that’s just a piece of wood and metal strings!
I thought I was sitting in the quietness of my kitchen in the middle of the night. Then it became so quiet, “You could hear a pin drop!”
God placed this thought on my Heart! You’re just like the guitar! Nothing of beauty or benefit is ever going to come out of you if you just sit there. You have to let God be the musician/operator over your life! He knows where to put His hands on your Life. He knows where to guide His fingers and when to play the chords to let something beautiful come out of you. He knows when to let you just sit quiet and hold you. He knows when to strum His chord on you. You have to allow Him to use you, so that you can be a word of encouragement to someone and it be beneficial to them. He knows when to use you to help relax someone or simply be there for someone in their time of worries or stress. Without Him as the Musician/Operator over your Life, you’re the same as that guitar just sitting in the corner. You have to let Him pick you up and use you for His will.
Be someone’s beautiful word of encouragement today! Be someone’s beautiful chord they hear today when everything else in their life is static!