Monday, 09 December 2019

M Michele's Musings

Even in the Static

Recently at church,our musicians were having issues with loud crackling static interfering with the music.  Our song leader made it through the first song with true grit, seemingly ignoring the noisy interruptions.  Before diving into the next song Eric,along withtwo others on the music team, tried some quick minor corrections.  Thinking all was well, they beganthe next song but almost immediately the raucous static blared through the amps even louder and more intrusive.   Worship literally came to a “screeching” halt.  While the musicians worked together trying to fix the problem, I noticed people in the congregation beginning to pray.  I heard a voice softly whisper, Praise the Lord.  I heard someone else say, God is good.I heard Pastor Mann say, God is faithful.Finally, after much troubleshooting, it was determined that a guitar battery was not fully charged.  So, the guitar was unplugged from the amp and the problem was solved for the remainder of the worship service.

            Immediately a title for a new story jumped to the forefront of my mind, Even in the Static.  There are multiple definitions for static; unless you are a science major, most people associate static with wild out of control hair, painful shocks or more commonly, loud crackling or hissing noises on a telephone, radio, or other electronic devices.Noisy static is almost alwaysviewed as an undesirable occurrence; it is loud, unpleasant, distracting and annoying.The whole unpleasant, distracting and annoying scenariothat Sunday in church reminded me that life, in parallel, can sometimes be the same.Our daily experiences are often filled with unwelcome “noises” or “voices” that distract, discourage, dismay, burden, aggravate, lie, scream and otherwise make usdownright miserable. And, how often do theundesirable “noises” of everyday life get in our minds and hearts?  How often do we wade through the irritating static and all the negative voices of life only to eventually let it steal our peace and joy?  How often do we let it stop our song or our worship?

It is not easy to combat harmful voices.  We all know people who have been hurt by the words or actions of others.  They carry the hurt like a proud badge of honor, and more often than not, their hurt overflows and isunwittingly inflicted uponthe innocent.  It is true that the good often suffer for the bad.  The age old adage of “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” was meant to encourage children to ignore hurtful words but we all know that is much easier said than done.  The bottom line is that words, voices, the “static” in life affects us all.  The trick is not letting it steal your character, joy, peace, hope, love, song, worship or anything else good in your life.

Our congregation had the perfect response.  Even in the static,the distracting, disturbing noise, people began to pray.  People began to speak words of encouragement.  They took the opportunity to counter the uninvited circumstance with praise.   Two of the greatest weapons Christians have in their arsenal are prayer and praise. Jesus told us, “men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Luke 18:1bWhen we choose to trust God, pray and praise rather than looking at our circumstances and listening to the “static” there can be powerful results such as those Paul and Silas experienced. “Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were unfastened.”  Acts 16:25-26  Not only were Paul and Silas set free but everyone around them was also set free.  The voices of Paul and Silas’ oppressors were stopped.  Paul taught us that our weapons are spiritual weapons and that they are mighty through God.  “The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4-5

That bright and beautiful Sunday morning, even in the static, God was good.  He was faithful and He was in control.  Despite what the enemy might have intended, though our song was momentarily stopped, the service continued on.And although there were slight changes with the amps and sound the musicians played on and the singers sang.  The music was still beautiful, filling the church with glorious sound reaching every heart that was open to hear God’s encouragement through His word in Praise and Worship.

No matter what voices, words, lies or static that might come against us in this life, God is always good.  God is always Faithful.  He gives us His promise, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the LORD’s servants, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.”  Isaiah 54:17   Yes, even in the static, God loves you.  He cares for you.  Look to God and don’t let the enemy stop your song or worship for the King.  You are His beautiful child meant to make beautiful music with your life that can fill a room with glorious melody and His light that will help set captives free.

 

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright October 2019 ~ Michele LeDouxAbshire

 

 

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life,

Neither angels nor demons,

Neither the present nor the future,

Nor any powers,

Neither height nor depth,

Nor anything else in all creation,

Will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

                                                                                                       Romans 8:38-39

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

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