Last Saturday P.A. and I had the opportunity to lead worship together for a marriage conference at another church. To prepare, we prayed and picked out our songs. We planned the details of our set list and practiced the songs. Then, we played worship for the marriage conference.
We have a musical marriage.
We love music. We love listening to music. We love dancing to music. We love talking about new music. We love playing and making music together, but don’t always have an opportunity to do so. When we do have an opportunity, we love it! and we think we sound pretty good together… but our musical marriage didn’t just happen overnight…
Making beautiful music takes time.
If only our marriage would have been as *musical* all along… some of the music we have made has sounded more like a cheesy pop song, rather than a symphony. Yes people, if you haven’t figured it out by now, this blog is not just about our gifts and good times with music. I’m writing about more than music here. You can see the metaphor, right? If not, I will spell it out for you:
Sex. Intimacy. Making Love. Makin’ Whoopie.
You name it, call it whatever you want.
I’m going to refer to it as makin’ music. Insert *blushing* here.
uh-oh… no worries, though.
This is all for God’s Glory. After all, He is the creator of makin’ music, right? Last I checked, that was the case. (Gen. 2:25) God designed and desires for our marriages to reflect Him. He wants all marriages to be playing from the same chord chart, in the same key, makin’ records of beautiful music. No matter what your view or personal experience is or has been, God wants to Redeem, Restore and Renew makin’ music for everyone. He knows satan wants to destroy marriages and makin’ music is a prime target on which to launch the attack. God wants to take back the lies, the darkness, the trash, the comparisons, the injustice, the abuse ~ everything. He wants to bring the sin into the LIGHT and make ALL things new.
When P.A. and I became friends and started dating, we were open about everything from the beginning. And… We anticipated that our wedding night music would be wonderful. Award Worthy. Right?
We are still learning, growing and figuring out how to make the best music together. Thankfully, we didn’t scratch makin’ music all together.And we have our whole lives to practice. And heck, we have 3 wee babs, so we’re makin’ some music… Right? Yep. It’s true. Just like leading worship for the marriage conference, for us to be makin’ the best music, we need to pray, prepare, plan, practice and pick the best times to play music. Whew. That list sounds like a lot of work. Yes. Makin’ beautiful music takes time. And it’s worth it.
Trusting in God is our foundation. We trust Him to Conduct the symphony of our lives. We also trust each other. We have made musical mistakes. We know we will mess up again. But. We. Trust. It’s been an interesting musical journey. We have disappointed ourselves and each other. We have blamed ourselves and each other. We have sinned against God and each other. We have forgiven.
Our hope and prayer is that wherever you are on your musical journey, you and your mate will allow God to Redeem, Restore and Renew every part of your lives, right down to the music you make. Let Him bring the Darkness into the Light. Replace the Fear with Trust. And turn the Sorrow into Joy.
…and let your marriages make beautiful music.