The middle of my week always involves a little “mind focusing”; getting out of the home office and clearing my head. So, I eventually ventured out in “Latifah” (my Buick) and headed for the office. So, the other day, I backed out of the driveway and started driving around doing some errands, dropping off, picking up, etc. Once out on the road I realized that my “tunes” weren’t playing…and my mind adjusted accordingly.
I turned onto the “main drag”, avoiding a suicidal squirrel, in the middle of the road, staring at mearing me to hit him (her?)…I almost felt like aiming. Then I started the search through my music lists.
I have an old iPhone in my car, it contains MOST of my listening playlists; everything from Bach to Billy Joel. It is magically connected to “Latifah”. I searched until I came to my playlist titled: “SOUNDTRACKS”.
Now, some of you know this, because (unfortunately for you) you’ve sat through a film with me, in the theatre. But I am a “movie-soundtrack junkie”. I love film soundtracks, have my favorite composers, and have collected soundtracks in a playlist. I thought, THAT’S what I want to listen to today. I selected and pressed play. (I DID manage to miss hitting Mr. Squirrel, I believe). Music from GLADIATOR (Hans Zimmer, composer) began. For those of you unfamiliar with the soundtrack, it is glorious and epic. An unrealistically large symphonic orchestra with what must be 20-ton kettle drums and a thousand horns. It is massive, majestic, soaring…and it reaches into my soul.
Suddenly, I was no longer a middle-aged, out-of-shape man driving to work. I was a tall and strong, impervious, red-blooded male – guiding my gold-metal carriage of terror along streets that were suddenly beautiful and regal. Any stray squirrels that happened in my path would be quickly dealt with. If I had a broadsword in the passenger seat (and I HAVE before, I’m an actor) I would have put it in my left hand and held it high in the open window…all the way to the church office!
The music changed me that much.
In a way, I’m not surprised. Film scores are the “sub-text” in every film. Where there is action, music accelerates it. Where there is deep emotion, music amplifies it. Where there is deception, music names it. And where there is completion, music crowns it. And so, it is with me.
And so it is with the Spirit.
I thought then, as I think now, much of the Spirit’s work is like music. This Spirit; Comforter, Teacher, Counselor and Empowerer, “underscores” my life. You notice, in the pathetic scenario above, no reality changed. I WAS still driving past the normal scenery of Anderson. What had changed was my vision, my foresight, and my confidence. Because of my personal soundtrack, my outlook on present conditions changed. In all that ride I was transformed from sad, depressed, and blue…to joyful, energized and bold!
For me, music is the main language Jesus uses when He wants to speak to me – it may not be so for you. But I know the Spirit is looking to “underscore” your life and change your perspective in whatever way you choose to listen.
Maybe it IS music. If so, I highly recommend the soundtrack to GLADIATOR – just keep an eye on the speedometer, and don’t keep your broad-swords in the car.