The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. –Albert Einstein
When I was a little girl, my house was full of creativity. My mom was an artist, and my dad was a musician. Funny how I can’t draw anything or play an instrument! Anyway, one of my childhood memories is that my mom always had music playing. In the morning, after we had our breakfast and had done our daily chores of making beds and getting dressed, she would turn off the TV and play music. It could be anything from James Taylor to Cat Stevens, or my personal favorite, my mom’s movie soundtracks. She loved to play those, and I loved to hear them. They music would take me away to a place that was just for me. A place that I created myself where I could just…be. It’s in that place that I really developed a love of writing stories. So, even though I didn’t have any musical or artistic talent, I did discover a love for creating life through my stories. That music helped take me there.
As an adult, I follow the same routine. The TV goes off, and the music goes on. Thank goodness for Pandora, the stations are limitless! But, it’s when I turn on the movie soundtracks, or classical music when I feel most connected. Connected to myself, my childhood, my passion of writing, and really connected to my Lord. It truly makes me appreciate my Creator more that He inspired all of these beautiful sounds.
One day, my youngest, Louie, and I were dancing in the living room to a “fancy” song (that’s what he called songs without words). We were spinning around, having fun, and he was telling me how much he loved that I played music…that it made him feel sooooo good. So, I asked him what it made him think about, and without even pausing to come up with an answer, he responded, “It makes me think about God.”
We all need those connections to our Lord. What’s yours? It may not be music like mine, but it may be painting, writing, cooking, serving, the outdoors, really anything that speaks to your soul. You may be thinking to yourself that you don’t have anything that you get excited about, that sparks your passion, but you do! You just haven’t found it yet. Take some time out, and discover what stirs your spirit.
I’m so grateful that my mom turned off the T.V. I’m so grateful that I have those memories of the windows open in the summer and her music playing. It makes my heart feel full.
“For behold, He who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the Lord, the God of hosts, is His name!” Amos 4:13