Friday, June 26, 2015

a moment

We all have our quirks and little hobbies. Some of you paint in your free time, others go for walks or run. Still others enjoy making things beautiful with decorations, or writing poetry. The outlets people have for themselves and things we do for enjoyment are endless.

For myself, I enjoy figuring out the chords to songs I enjoy singing and playing them on our family piano. I plunk out a chorus or two quite often, sometimes as an emotional outlet, sometimes just for the enjoyment of making music.



Last week, I was delighted to open my email and see the announcement for Nate Ruess' (frontman for the band "fun.") first solo album. I downloaded it mere hours later and have been listening to it nonstop. I love his artistry, and the raw emotion and the stories told in the words, his voice, and the music as a whole.

I had taken a particular liking to one of the songs, called "Moment", and had been singing the chorus quietly to myself for a few days. This led to, earlier this week, plunking out the melody on our piano and subsequently finding the chords and singing a bit of it before I had to leave for a physical therapy appointment.

The sweet, amazing lady who helps my mom clean our house was downstairs at the time too. Normally I don't sing or play music candidly around other people, but I had ten minutes to kill and I didn't think much of it.

The chorus, which kills me, goes like this:

Well I'm fine,
I just need a moment
I'm alright,
Right here on the floor
Well I'm fine,
I just need a moment
to cry

I played this little bit over and over, committing the chords to memory as I figured them out. After a while, I realized I may have been playing for longer than ten minutes, and turned around.

My mom's cleaning lady helper was standing there video recording me with tears in her eyes. Amidst my shocked, stuttering queries, she said to me,

"That's it. I've been looking for those words for a few weeks. I'm fine, but I just need a moment."

She proceeded to share something really personal in her life with me, and it astonished me to see someone so moved and allowed a release from something I had thought nothing of.

I share this with all of you to say one thing:

The Lord uses you wherever you are. He uses the big things and the small things. He can even minister to another soul through your idle tinkling on the piano, singing a song that struck your fancy.
He will use you in ways you had no idea He will.

Don't despise the little things you do, your little quirks or hobbies or interests. You have no idea how those things will bless another or reach into their soul.

Just keep on keeping on.

He gave you the talents, gifts, skills, and interests that He did for a reason.

Keep on walking with Him and being who He made you, and don't despise the little things that may seem useless or petty.

You might just be the reason for a grand moment in another.



5 comments:

Cally Declan said...

*scream because you finally posted and I have been WAITING*

I can't even word how much I love this post. BUT I CAN SAY THAT GOD IS A AMAZING. HEY GOD, YOU'RE AMAZING. JUST THOUGHT I'D TELL YOU THAT.

Ely said...

that whole album tho. It puts me in a happy and a sad place at the same time, and I love it. And that lyric also haunted me after I first heard it. My roommate is dealing with a lot of stuff these days, and when I heard that line, my heart got exactly what she'd tried to express to me so many times. It all fell into place.

Great post!

Jess said...

Wow. I needed this reminder with my dumb writing. XP Thank you. You shine as a light in the world (Philippians 2:15).

Hannah Joy said...

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK YOU POSTED!!!! SKNDFIANFEOWNRWONEROANOWNEWONSONEWONEOWNOWE *JUMPING BEAR HUG TACKLE*

And this post. AGHAGH so goooooooooooooood I can't even. I really needed to hear it. Your posts always hit the spot.

So hard.

Ow. But in a good way.

Thank you.

reformed squirrel said...

YOU'RE ALIVE!!!!! :D :D :D Your blog was unconscious for awhile there. :)

That's really neat how God used your piano plunking. Thanks for sharing! And thanks for the encouraging word, too.