Life is a stage and on this stage each one of us are allowed to sing the greatest song we will ever perform. You and I are a “beautiful song,” God’s greatest composition. And like some of the greatest performers of our times, our lives are displayed on life’s biggest stage.
In this session we will be exploring the ups and downs that this life can bring our way. Yeah, I know you’re “more than a conquer through Jesus Christ” and “no weapon formed against you shall prosper,” but let’s be real and confess that life is indeed hard. There are many challenges that we will face and sometimes like a performance gone wrong we would like to just walk off the stage “in the middle of a song.”
As a performer, I know what it feels like to feel the pressure of the stage. Always wanting to perform at your best, but sometimes things don’t go as well as you would want them to. I remember years ago when I was still in school I had a singing group with a few of my childhood friends. We auditioned for the annual Easter talent show and prepared like crazy. We rehearsed for hours trying to get the harmonies just right. However, the night of the show everything went wrong. Our harmonies were off and the people began to get restless with us. They began to boo and shout for us to leave the stage and at that moment, thinking that it would put me out of my misery, I was the first to walk off the stage. However, instead of bringing me relief it brought me more disappointment and a sense of failure. Life’s challenges can be just like that making you just want to quit and walk off the stage.
This session’s song is performed by multi-Grammy winning group Rascal Flatts entitled “Why.” It’s a song about someone giving up on life, losing hope and walking off the stage of life “in the middle of a song.” Let’s examine this passage:
Oh, why? That’s what I keep askin’
Was there anything I could have said or done?
Oh, I had no clue you were masking
A troubled soul, God only knows what went wrong
And why you’d leave the stage in the middle of a song
In today’s economic pressures many people are losing hope. Like the song, many of us just walk off the stage while the band is still playing. We think that one sour note has ruined the song not realizing that there’s more to life than one bad note. In the second verse, the writer asks the question – How could someone so vibrant and full of life lose all hope? I believe that when we focus more on the circumstance rather than the source of our strength it’s easy to get lost in the maze of hopelessness. We must believe that God is our source and that He is still in control of our circumstance and that He will bring us through. Again let’s examine a portion of verse (3):
Now the oak trees are swayin’ in the early autumn breeze
The golden sun is shining on my face
The tangled thoughts I hear a mockingbird sing
This old world really ain’t that bad a place
No matter how things get life is worth living it to the fullest. Yeah, and that means living through the sorrows, the pains, the joys, the memories and the storms. When we have the right perspective about life, the hard times are tolerable because we know that there’s hope at the end of the storm.
Always remember that through all of the disappointments and failures God still sees us for who we really are, “You’re a beautiful song!”