Monday, June 2, 2008

A Singing God

God sang to me on an early autumn day in Texas.

Two years ago, I was at the end of my rope. I had planned a day to Galveston with friends, to get away from it all. We were to leave after the children were in school, drive the hour down from Houston, and spend some peaceful time on a lonely stretch of sand, walking, dipping toes in a cool ocean, and searching for shells. We'd be back before the children were home, and our trip would bother no one.

But plans fell through, as they often do, and the day had to be sacrificed on the altar of being a responsible person. I was devastated. The hope of this day was the only thing getting me through, and I didn't know how I could carry on without it. My sandals still on my feet, I climbed into the car and beat my fists against the steering wheel. I cried a bit (not enough to run my mascara), and blew my nose. I sent a thought up in the air to whoever might be listening that this was not fair, that it was more than I could bear. Then I turned the key to the ignition, and flipped the dial to the radio. It turned to a station I never listened to, and I heard a song I hadn't heard or remembered for years. (I'm not that into country, but who wasn't familiar with this song in the Vietnam era?)

"Galveston, Oh Galveston," Glen Campbell crooned. "I still hear your seawinds blowing." Along with the music came a peace I could not have imagined. It was as if a loving Father was telling me in song that he knew I wanted to go to Galveston that day. He reflected the longing and the sorrow I felt back to me in the words and the music. He was sorry that it couldn't be, but he would send me the refreshment I craved from the unrealized day away.

I've pondered this experience many times since then. Are these coincidences simply serendipities which befall us, devoid of the higher meaning we wish they portended? Or are they synchronicities such as Carol Lynn Pearson teaches, evidences of the hand of God in our lives? may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.


Maraiya said...

I love this. I think God reaches out to us in so many ways and that many of us, most of the time, miss those moments. I'm so guilty of that. But if we believe that He loves us, if we believe that He knows us individually and perfectly, wouldn't He then send us messages that speak straight to our hearts? A personal relationship with God is personal and my messages shouldn't be in content what yours are even though the principles discussed are the same.

I'm still singing the Beatles (great quote BTW) and remembering that God loves me.

Also, Albert Einstein said (and I like this quote but some of his other quotes make me wonder if it is out of context - oh well, I still like it), "Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous."

You are fabulous and your blog is amazing!

Maraiya said...

The funny thing is, I'm not really a Beatles fan. I like some of their music but I don't own any. I've been trying to think of an Elvis song that would have worked. "For my darling I love you and I always will."

m&m said...

Lovely post.

When Elder Bednar gave his talk about tender mercies, the way he repeated the concept that the TIMING of things can help us know that it is indeed from God has really helped me be more willing to say that something that 'just happened right when I needed it' really is from Him.

I'd chalk this song experience up to a tender mercy. And it is a tender one at that...pulls at my heart strings with how specific it was. Thanks again for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I'm not musically inclined, but I've had a lot of songs that have helped me when life has really kicked me down. The right song has such a power to impact mood, teach principles, and really give a boost at the right moment. One that has really helped me a lot at some of my darkest moments is Rush's Bravado. They're secular humanists and this song was meant to basically say you've got something inside you that can help you when you're totally down. But change one letter - and while I'm sure they never would because of their philosophy, but I make it my own and always hear it with that one little change - from "w" to "h" and it is about the saving power of the Atonement in your darkest moments. About how giving it your all only to see your efforts fail, is still enough because Christ will make up the difference. One little letter changed makes all the difference.

I don't really care for this live performance version from down in Brazil (original album version you can get off itunes or wherever is my preference), but it has the advantage of showing the lyrics:

Anonymous said...

God has control...even of our lives