A lot of things have happened over the past few years and I’ve been through a few different phases. And through those different phases, there’s been a constant.
Now, let me interrupt your thoughts for a second.
You may be thinking: that constant is probably God and her faith. But no. If you’ve been keeping up with me for the past few months (or even just read Monday’s post), you’ll know that my faith and relationship with God is not the constant.
You may now be asking: what is your constant, then?
As far back as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed listening to music. When I was younger, I was in my school’s choir and orchestra. And I used to take piano and violin lessons.
As I’ve gotten older, I still enjoy listening to music. Whether it’s for the music or the lyrics, I enjoy it. And you can often find me singing along when I’m in my car. And occasionally, you’ll even find me dancing along.
But it doesn’t stop there.
There are certain songs that remind me of certain periods of my life. When I hear these songs, I think of the memories that I have associated with them, whether good or bad.
For example, I have a playlist on Spotify that’s made up of songs I listened to during college. So when I hear a song from this playlist, I’ll think of what I would often be doing when listening to that song. Such as walking to class, working on homework, going for a walk, walking to Newman, going on adventures with friends, going to the barn, driving to or from home, etc., etc.
There’s a point to all of this.
Music has gotten me through some of the roughest parts of my life as well as some of the best. It has helped me get through some of my lowest points and worst mental funks. But it’s also been there for me when I felt like I was on the top of the world. And it’s been with me everywhere in between.
And I think it can go deeper than this.
I have discussed in earlier posts that God has given each of us certain talents. Well, I think He’s also given us certain interests as well. Music just happens to be one of mine.
I can’t even begin to understand God’s reasoning for doing things. But I can venture a guess.
I think God gives us the interests we have to help us get through life. Our interests may help us make some of our best friends. Or get us through a certain period or phase. Or understand something to a deeper meaning. Or connect with someone on a deeper level.
Let’s take my interest in music as an example. I sometimes listen to music while in prayer. And God can use that music to get a message across to me. Bur He has also used my interest in music in the secular part of my life as well. I’ve bonded with friends with music.
So whatever your interests are, I encourage you to trust them. They’re there for a reason.