It may be just me.
I caught just a bit of the Billboard Music Awards last night.
Flipping channels and asking myself, why do I even watch television anymore? I’m out of so many loops, especially those about thrones and people who walk around dead.
I’ll watch “A Chef’s Table” fascinated by the stories of phenomenal cooks or HGTV, try to guess which house they choose.
I am drawn to seeing a little of people, somehow drawn to knowing them from their facial expression or their conversation.
I’ve always been this way.
So, I paused in my channel flipping.
Kelly Clarkson announced that Lauren Daigle would be next to perform her breakout crossover hit, “You Say”.
It’s a song really for everyone and I abhor conflict so I’m not too fixated on how people are angry over her crossing over in lots of ways and in places she’s been invited to sing her song.
Her song is an anthem, one meant for all.
So, I watched and listened as her voice began, coming in at the right time prompted by the crystalline sounding piano intro.
She started softly, a little reserved or nervous.
Shaky it seemed she was.
It was a live performance and it seemed to me she felt a bit hemmed in.
Awkward even as she continued.
She continued into the chorus backed by three singers who as they added their echo their reply to her “and I believe!” , their arms raised up in rhymes, like a self embrace.
They, it seemed were each owning, demonstrating and saying to the world.
As she continued she grew stronger it seemed to me, more free, more her and more confident of her calling on this different than her usual stage.
I scanned the audience. Many were connected to her performance. Other faces seemed not to understand, either questioning what is the message of this song or
Maybe they felt a sense of being loved by her being there, her singing her song she is now known for.
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.”
John 13:34 NLT
Maybe there were cynics. Maybe there were those who had no idea who and what she was referring to when she sang her statement lines:
Taking all I have now and I’m laying it at your feet. You have every failure God, you’ll have every victory.
Maybe some wondered what in the world does that mean?
Or wait, I thought this song was about believing in yourself or having a relationship with someone who says you should.
The song ended with an noticeable “ohh” in Lauren Daigle’s raspy tone.
It was a worthy ending as if to say, from my perspective at least, I’ve done this God.
I’ve performed the song you gave me on this huge scary stage.
I have gotten through this. I was scared as I started; but, you helped me through.
You helped me continue and finish the thing you aligned for me to do.
Maybe others didn’t see what I saw. That’s okay, I was impacted by her presence and her performance.
In case you’ve not heard or need to be reminded, here it is:
Prompted me to know I’ll be put in places I might be afraid to go.
I will go.
God will be with me.
It’s gonna be okay.
A couple of weeks ago I was asked to pray the prayer for families at this evening’s National Day of Prayer event. I was asked I was told because of my lifetime of working with families.
I do not know what my prayer will be. I am imperfect in my own family experiences. I could freeze as I’m introduced, thinking what if everyone knows how I haven’t always been a prayerful girl, mama, wife or woman? I could have the words choke me when I try to summon them up. I’ve been a single mama, not always the best one at it.
But, just like Lauren, God sets the stage, we just step forward.
About a month ago, I was interviewed by a local magazine about my choice to retire. The question was posed “What do you want your grandchild to know?”
I want my grandchild to know that the most important thing is love, is loving one another.
A couple of weeks later the request came, that I pray the prayer for families. It was followed by a letter with the agenda and the header on the letter featuring 2019’s theme.
Love one another.
There are no accidents with God.
There are no opportunities brought our way that He will not equip us to carry out.
You and I are loved by a loving God. A God that takes hold of our shaking hand until we can breath without pressure and waits until we are ready to speak, to sing, to pray.
I believe what you say of me!
It’s gonna be okay.