“It’s the time of the season for loving.” The phrase played over and over in my mind like a broken record, and I had to laugh—who’d ever think the LORD would use the Zombies’ song from the 60s—a song that exemplified the “summer of love”—to croon a message to one of His children.
Often, especially when life seems difficult, the LORD comfort’s me with music; sometimes a whole song and other times just a phrase. While it may be an old hymn or a contemporary worship song, it’s just as likely to be popular music with no seemingly spiritual message; at least not until He sings it to me.
On one occasion, my life was in turmoil and I awoke to hear selected phrases from two songs. First, “…angels doing cartwheels in the sky…” set to the music of Freddy Hayler’s, Song of Angels; followed by a lullaby, “…and the living is easy…hush little baby, don’t you cry,” from Gershiwn’s Summertime. Just God’s way of saying, “Relax, calm down, laugh, be patient,” I guess.
On another morning, He professed His love as I heard His voice, sounding remarkably like Nat King Cole, crooning, “I Remember You; You’re the one who made my dreams come true…You’re the one who said ‘I love you too’…Didn’t you know?” Who ever knew God is such a romantic?
One night I had a dream in which I was surrounded by a bunch of friendly, soft, cute, furry, little smurf-like creatures in a worship service. I’d never seen anything quite like them before. There were all ages—one adult especially seemed to be an old friend, and there were lots of babies; even three sets of triplets. What fun! As I awoke I heard, “All creatures of our God and King; lift up your voice and let us sing; Hallelujah, hallelujah.” Hallelujah Indeed!
Another time, waking from a dream involving cars it was, Baby You Can Drive My Car. How could I not begin the day laughing with “beep beep’m beep beep yea” echoing through my mind?
Six years ago, as I was battling breast cancer and feeling overwhelmed, it was Let’s Get Away From It All, and I’d soon find a quiet place of rest in my LORD. Or I’d make it through a difficult day and hear, “There She Goes; there she goes again.”
My Father always keeps his eye on me. Indeed,
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121)
My response is to sing back to him in praise and thanksgiving, “How great is my God; sing with me; how great is my God; all will see; how great, how great is my God.”