Yes, running through my head as I write this is the old Winan’s song Long Time Coming (which for some time has been on my list of songs to cover).
It was 1994 when I last felt joy composing and recording music. The CD I made back then called “Walls of Freedom” was a raging spiritual inferno burining in me that ended up being doused, leaving me but a smoking flax. Perhaps it was the drama and turmoil I was living through at the time – a challenging time in my marriage, a frustrating time as a Christian father as my kids began to “come of age”, a painful “divorce” from a staff position at a church full of people I loved and depended on. Yeah there was all that – but God’s hand was clearly on the mixing board of my life. He balanced my levels and added highs to all my lows. He has healed and blessed far beyond my expectations over the years. Certainly beyond what I deserve!
You see, this isn’t about crying the blues – though I must admit, since then I haven’t entertained the thought that God would use music to a large degree in my life again. Lately I’m seeing how we never actually get off the potter’s wheel. Just when you settle in to a mode of life The Potter goes back to work on you! For me another musical chapter seems to be opening. The sun (Son) is rising again upon music, joy has returned to it. So I am following what I learned from Solomon. He said to “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days” (Ecclesiastes 11:1). In other words “if you’d just get what you do/have out there God will use it and it will bring a return”. A few verses down (verse 6) Solomon says: “In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good”.
Now this isn’t a prosperity message I’m giving, from experience I know that God will provide my every need because I am His and He is mine. Personally I’m looking to get new songs out there to reap ministerially. Bless souls. Touch hearts. To bring the largest return on God’s investment in me (see Matthew 25:14-30).
So the result of my getting wise counsel from Solomon? Look out for it April 1st. The worship single and video “Sing to the Lord” will be officially released then. Soon after, two more songs will be released. Prayerfully a complete worship CD will follow, and then I’ll complete another CD of inspirational songs I’ve written over the years sometime mid to late summer. All this while tinkering with the writing of a layman’s commentary on the Gospel of John, being pastor to the wonderful folks at Calvary Chapel Montclair and being dad, grand-dad and husband!
Pray with me for this venture – as Jonathan said to his armor-bearer as they went alone into the camp of the Philistine army: “…it may be that the Lord will work for us.”.