What kind of music do you like? Why? How does the melody make you feel? What do you think about when the music is in the air?
Archie felt music…so does Taylor. Music is a direct reflection of who they are on the inside: you know the part you wish everyone could see but your exterior appearance and insecurities get in the way.
Who is the artist that sings your soul? STOP! Answer the question before you read on…… .
Tonight I’m jammin’ with my fella. Toby Mac sang Archie’s soul. We actually went to college with him for one semester at Liberty University. We were freshmen, he a senior. Back in the day he was a part of DC TALK, a christian rap group, still Taylor’s favorite.
His lyrics are amazing,”I don’t want to gain the whole world but loose my soul.” “I’d be packing my bags when I need to stay, I’d be chasing every breeze that blows my way, I’d be building my kingdom just to watch it fade away. It’s true. That’s me without you. “”Cause we all make mistakes sometime, and we’ve all stepped across that line, but nothings sweeter than the day we find….forgiveness.””You take my brokenness and make us beautiful.
Those may look like garblie gook, but in the jammin melodies, they are astounding. They sing to the soul while making you want to get up and dance–wait, am I allowed to say that? Oh, this is my blog, so….I guess I can.
I was raised that dancing was only to be done by married couples, and if they must, then in the living room with the curtains closed is ok. No, seriously, that’s what I was told. Then….I marry a break dancer…..grin. I never appreciated the “worm” until Arch did it for me. Yes, he could still “Pop and Lock.” He will always be awesome to me. We could jam, and back in the day (before realizing budgets and Taylor) we loved concerts. We did go to a Winter Jam as a family two years ago–awesome. Even Taylor busted a move. Sweet.
Why am I talking about music? I have Toby playing and I’m listening to “Keep Walkin”. My prayers haven’t been answered yet, but “keep walking, soldier keep moving and lift your head. It’s not over yet. He’ll get you through this. Hold on, the Lord isn’t finished yet.”
I’m listening to Archie’s soul. I watch the video’s and they are dancing, even in sadness, they dance. They have hope. They know God is in control and they reflect that we praise through pain. We let go and let God, in pain. We stop concentrating on feelings and focus on grace and forgiveness. I am convicted…. . I have anger, not at my love, but for the many sold moments. I need to forgive, even if I never hear the sweet words,”I’m sorry”. If not, I am the prisoner and I will never be free to be who I was created to be. I am loved. God has a plan. Lean into the pain. Close my eyes. Feel the glow. Trust there is light ahead.
Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
I think Archie had a message for me: I will continue to seek and trust the Lord…and listen to my fella’s soul…..