I get impatient with music. If I am tuning my ear to a new artist or album, the first song immediately has to keep me tuned in, otherwise I move on.
(Little wonder my knowledge and taste of music is fairly narrow!)
Yet, should I patiently listen through the whole album, or a good selection of an artist’s back catalogue, I am often pleasantly surprised to discover a few new songs to dance to.
And so it sometimes feels like with God. Prayer, a spot of Bible reading, worship, the sermon, stillness and solitude – these, and more, do not always offer the immediate inspiration we’re after. For me, the temptation is to succumb to the same impatience that leads me to pressing the >> button on the music player.
But when I do that, I can miss out on the song that inspires the dance.
I love hearing new songs, but none could ever compare to the songs sounding from heaven. I need to do better at being still and exercise a little more patience.
The song will come, maybe not immediately, but it will, and the dance will soon follow.
‘The Lord your God is with you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing’ (Zephaniah 3:17).