I’ve been waking up on Saturday mornings for 41 years now. As far as I can remember, all of them have been pretty much routine. I turn on the T.V. to catch the news and if I have to work, I’m getting ready while listening to the headlines of the day. That’s just the way my Saturdays start. Today, this Saturday, brought me something different. I experienced an encounter with God that I’ve never had before. There was a commercial going and a particular phrase from a song got stuck in my head. “I’m going to give all my secrets away.” As I’m brushing my teeth, I’m still humming the song 30 minutes after I heard it. Twenty minutes later I am in the car on the way to work and the song is riding along with me. What is this all about?
After arriving at work, I follow my daily routine and get everything set up. Upon finishing, I was inclined to do a Google search and find out who is responsible for this “giving all my secrets away” thing that I can’t get out of my head. Because Google is as smart as it is, I discovered that One Republic sings the song. Okay, I am a bassist and a very amateur one at that. Most of the music I play and listen to at this point in my life is contemporary gospel. Until today, I’ve never heard of One Republic but I thank God for them. Let me tell you why. This group led me to my first real Saturday morning worship with God.
I don’t know the history of this band. I haven’t even bothered to look it up. This one song led me to YouTube once again where I watched their video. After that, I saw another link to Beethoven’s 5 Secrets Orchestral Cover. I clicked on the video link and as the introduction to what I now know is my Saturday morning worship begins to play, a quote appears on the screen. “Don’t just practice your art. But force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.” From the moment the cello starts, their was a silence in my spirit. It was as if the stormy waters of the sea inside me abruptly calmed themselves.
There were no troubles present and there were no worries. There were no thoughts about the things I’ve done in the past nor about the obstacles I face today. There was just me and God in an intimacy I’ve never known. Indeed, I don’t know who One Republic is. What I do know is that God knows them and used this song to spend time with me when there are others that need him too. What a mighty God we serve. My Saturday mornings will never be the same.
Everyone has had their own unique encounter with God. What I received this morning from this beautiful piece of music may not resonate with you. Nonetheless, I have share this experience with you. Even if you don’t like classical music, it is worth your ear even if nothing else.