by, Jul 26th 2008 at 10:41 PM (438 Views)
From time to time God has seen fit to grant me insights into the lives of various Biblical characters. These have ranged from Christ in the Garden, to Peter, to Isaiah, to Simeon and a host of others. Most often this has happened through music. For some reason, as I prepare for a solo the music and words seem to invade my soul and I start to feel what must have gone through the characters heart and mind in that situation.
The strongest, though not the earliest (that honor goes to Peter) was Simeon. In truth, it seemed as I preformed the song that I became Simeon. (I have written about this before). The experience was so powerful that it has never fully left me. To this day Simeon lays just beneath the surface ready to come forth whenever I want.
Recently I started going through my music and brushing up on the songs. I came to one called Joseph's Song. This, in essence, is a prayer by Joseph (the "father" of Christ). The chorus goes, at least in part, "Father, tell me how I fit into this plan of yours. How can a man be father to the Son of God. . . ." As I sang this song the joy and fear and awe and wonder and uncertainty and questions all came flooding into me. (It's a wonder I managed to get home and to work safely as I do most, if not all, my rehersal while driving to and from work, and this happened several times).
I look forward to the time when I can preform this song and not have to keep the feelings quite so much in check.