You know how you have moments in your life that you just want to take a picture and keep it in your heart forever?
That's partly why I decided to keep a blog - so I could capture those little moments at this time in my life and my children's lives. I always like looking back at actual pictures of my parents and grandparents when they were my age to put bits and pieces together about what they thought and what they were like then. Therefore, I have to tell you about the mental picture I took this morning.
(If you click on the song, you'll get the full effect of the message. Especially since I'm listening to it now as I'm writing.)
At our church service, there is a gentleman who is hearing impaired and sits on the front row. There is a woman in front of him who signs the songs and sermons and I always like watching her because I think it's fascinating how she can sign and remember what the preacher just said and listen to what he's currently saying all at the same time. I know I would lose focus far too easily.
Not that I stalk this man, but I have always seen him stand or sit and just watch her.
Well this morning, we sang 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus. It was one of those songs that I can't say I've thought about in about a million years, but once it started, my heart went back to songs with my grandparents and growing up.
I was already half way to weepy when I looked over and saw the man. His head was slightly tilted back and he was signing along with the music. And not just signing...SIGNING! He was joyously singing as "loud" as he could - signing along with the woman in front of him. His smile was so large that I could see it even though I was angled behind him and he didn't turn around.
I have no other amazing insight except just the picture and the blessing it gave me to watch this man singing and signing his heart out. My heart has been heavy with the news lately and there is even a lot of sadness behind the writing of this hymn from the late 1800's. I got so much joy out of this open display of praise that my heart smiled. I'm not sure if the man was singing out loud or not, but I can surely say that Jesus heard him this morning.
I've listened to a lot of people say this week that the key to keeping faith in the hard times is to remember the good times. They even advised writing down times of blessings or faithfulness to pull out when things get rough. So I'll tuck this wonderful man that I don't even know deep in my heart to light the darkness if I ever need him. And he will remind me exactly how sweet it is to trust in Jesus...
Have a wonderful night, my friends.