[Note: as a music major, I am kind of using the lingo. However, I think that you’ll understand this post even if you don’t know the jargon.]
Sometimes I feel dissonance. Real bad. I feel like something is wrong, but I can’t identify it! The dissonance gets worse. The minor chord turns into a seventh. The half diminished turns into a fully diminished chord. I stop. I throw my hands up and cry out to my Jesus. Even if he can’t resolve it fully, he will change the key or at least insert a chord that has more consonance to it. But my problem is that I keep playing around with the minor keys. “It’s my fault this isn’t going as it should!” [dissonance] “I’m not doing enough for the Lord!” [dissonance] “I have failed you, Jesus; I can’t do it!” [dissonance]
Here comes my Savior with the major chords. Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” [consonance] Colossians 1:22, “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” [consonance] 1 Corinthians 10:13, “ No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” [consonance]
This week, I have been learning to fight lies with scripture. I mean, I knew this, but I didn’t KNOW this. It’s a really tough battle to fight, and I feel almost like the losing team is trying to go out with a bang so I won’t forget. All week, the lies have been constantly in my head, but I try to capture each thought and get rid of it. I replace the lies in my head with the truth of scripture. I knew this would work, but I didn’t KNOW it. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” God is strong and mighty, his words are powerful and effective! This I have been learning this week, and it has been simply amazing to see Christ’s hand so at work in my life. My eyes have also been opened to the work God is doing on my campus. This morning in class, one of my profs mentioned he’s so disorganized because of a family emergency concerning his father’s health. One of the girls in my class asked if she could pray with him. So she did, right there, before class even started. It’s the little things that God’s doing. It’s even the random conversations about church, it’s the random realizations of truth throughout the day. God is just awesome. I may be listening to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack as a background to writing this post right now, but God’s music is surrounding me even when my ears aren’t perceiving.
Smiling among the major V-I chords, Anna 🙂