Ever since I was young girl and unsaved, God has used music and songs to encourage and strengthen me; to help me discover what I believed in; and the desire to go on when all desire seemed gone. I would sing those certain kind of songs with gusto and conviction; belting them out into my hair-brush microphone. Something would change inside of me, because I believed the words of the songs. Sometimes, it would require replaying the song over and over 10 times in a row, until that "something" clicked in me. But, it finally would. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue", it says in Proverbs 18:21. And I was singing "life words" over myself without even realizing it.
Sail on Silver Girl (Yes, I'll be the Silver Girl)
Sail on by (I'll come out of this storm into smooth sailing)
Your time has come to shine (Mousy-me, shine?! Yes, one day I will!)
All your dreams are on their way (One day they will come)
See how they shine (Shine!)
With all the conviction in me, I'd sing that last stanza and believe. One day, my time will come to shine.
|Health for the whole man - |
spirit, soul, and body
Sitting alone in the Lord's Presence before the service, I rested in His peace. Suddenly, almost audibly, I heard the last stanza to Bridge Over Troubled Waters in my heart. I stood up and started quietly singing. I postured my body just as I used to do when I was a teenager. As soon as I finished singing, I knew this was the moment I had sung about so long ago: my time had come to shine; I was the Silver Girl, and I was sailing on. I wept and thanked God. What an awesome, Divine moment that was for me. I knew in that moment that this was His Divine plan - almost as if He had this exact moment in time in mind when, as a 16-year old, He kept me motivated to keep walking one step in front of the other, through the prophetic words of this song. He already knew this day; and in that moment and for the next few years, I was sailing!
The teaching was very anointed that day and well received. Shortly thereafter, I began two back-to-back twenty-six week courses and then two thirteen week courses for the church body. Students in the courses were from all backgrounds in life. But, men and women were physically healing from various illnesses as they changed eating habits. And they were able to change some of those habits because they were healing emotionally from various traumas, which were the triggers for unhealthy eating habits to begin with. They applied the Word and the nutritional knowledge they gained and it brought forth health in their lives.
The week following that Sunday, I typed out the last stanza of Bridge Over Troubled Waters, dated it and framed it, then hung it in my office. No one ever knew the miraculous soul transformation that took place that Sunday morning, except my Heavenly Father. And He already knew - about 30 years earlier.
I'd love to how songs or music have impacted your life. Please share.
Because of Him and Unto Him