Sing your song!
“The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life…” [Job 33:4]
Sitting by the beach along Alabama’s Gulf Shores last year, I was drawn to the vegetation that somehow managed to grow on the hot white beach. In fact, an amazing variety of plant life found a way to thrive in what looked like inhospitable terrain.
There were plants with yellow, purple and white flowers, plants with unique leaves, shapes and sizes. They don’t just survive, they thrive; they put out flowers, rise as high as they can or creep as far as they can; they sing their song as loudly and as magnificently as they can. Give them a chance and they’ll take over the landscape if they can!
It reminded me that in every place, no matter how inhospitable, life finds a way to express itself, to make the best of its circumstances and situations, to overcome whatever challenges it might face and live the best life it can.
Even in the desert, with its extremes of heat and aridity, “the breath of the Almighty” cannot be extinguished.
In Death Valley (California), the hottest place on earth, where annual temperatures exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48.8 Celsius), where salt and rock stretch on forever, life lies in wait for the first chance to blush and bloom.
When that rare rain shower comes, perhaps after years of drought, long dormant seeds grasp the chance for life and rise up and put out their flowers almost in defiance of the hostile terrain they are in. The result: a super bloom of thousands of flowers and plants.
That divine spark will always find a way to express itself, refusing to die down or wither away. They may lie dormant for a while in the rough times but they spring forth the first chance they get.
There is a divine spark in all of us, that “breath of the Almighty” that Job spoke about. And there’s a command to “multiply and fill the earth” [Genesis 1:28]. It means we were created to give abundant expression to the beauty and joy of the life within, to blush and bloom with our unique gifts and talents, to release the best of all that God seeded in us, to sing our song as loudly and as beautifully as only we can.
All too often, the circumstances and situations of life rob us of that impulse to sing our song, to express ourselves to the fullest, to be the best we can be. It puts us down, belittles our uniqueness, robs us of our joy, tells us we are ordinary, insists that no one cares or hears. It shuts us down, keeps us silent; and the world, both ours and that of others, grows a little darker, a little more quiet, a little less lovely.
Wherever you are, whatever your circumstances or situation, sing your song! Be the best you can be, go as far as you can go, climb as high as you can reach, develop your gifts and talents to the fullest; refuse to be silent! Live a great life to the glory of God.
And remember, in the final analysis, we sing our song for the one person who truly appreciates it, who delights in it, who rejoices over it – God Himself. It’s an audience of One, the greatest audience there is. It matters little if others are too busy to hear or notice it; He always hears and the heavens ring with His thunderous applause. And that is enough.