Was just one of those mornings when everything felt right with my world. Before I got out of bed, chatted with God for a bit, then walked into the kitchen to turn on the coffee maker. Oh, how I love that first cup of coffee! But before I had a chance to take a sip, it happened.
My perfect morning was abruptly interrupted when I randomly asked myself a loaded question. Don’t know why I asked something so difficult, especially when I hadn’t even had my coffee yet.
What’s your purpose, Brenda?
It wasn’t a question asked silently, in my mind. No, I blurted it out!
What was I to do next? First off, drink my coffee, but then what?
The most logical decision was to go chat some more with God. Next, simply start reading some of the devotions I receive online, hoping that one of them would offer some help.
The very first one I opened up was written by Jack Graham of PowerPoint Ministries in Dallas, TX. His devotion garnered my immediate attention because the Bible verse that started it off was one of my favorites from Ecclesiastes 3:11…he has put eternity in man’s heart.
Graham then wrote, “God has put it in our DNA, as human beings, to know him! Of all his creatures, humanity was created exclusively for the purpose of knowing and worshipping God.”
He ended his short devotion with some simple words that made me smile:
“This is your purpose: to know God and to love him more day by day.”
Seriously, the first devotion selected that morning supplied a simple answer to my own complicated question. Or, so I assumed…
Something I have tried to learn as a small group facilitator in our women’s Bible study is the art of keeping the discussion from straying too far off the topic. To reign the ladies back in so we can stay focused on the question at hand. To keep the discussion from going down a “rabbit trail,” as we call getting sidetracked here in Texas. If not, we might never finish the lesson.
Perhaps I try to keep my small group from going down rabbit trails, but this particular morning, I ventured down one myself. When I read the words, “This is your purpose: to know God and to love him more day by day,” my little mind wandered…to a song!
Back in 1969 Bobby Vinton recorded “To Know You is to Love You,” and that song started playing in my head. So, of course, I had to Google and listen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8p_9dUCWKw
I do enjoy listening to a secular song and replaying, in my mind, as if it were a sacred song. And that’s what I did with this one… singing to God:
To know, know, know You, is to love, love, love You…
Talk about going down a rabbit trail…Google supplied an abundance of data connected to that song. It was written by Phil Spector and first recorded in 1958 by The Teddy Bears, of which Spector was a band member. The song, originally titled “To Know Him is to Love Him,” was inspired by the epitah on Spector’s dad’s tombstone. (He died in 1949 after committing suicide.) The Beatles even recorded the song after changing the title, although their version, “To Know Her is to Love Her,” was never released. Later Bobby Vinton came out with the song, with yet even another minor word change; “To Know You is to Love You.”
Phil Spector has been acknowledged as one of the most influential figures in pop music history. His produced hit songs for an impressive group…The Righteous Brothers, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ike and Tina Turner, Cher, to name a few. Despite his notorious career in the music industry, Spector is currently in prison, sentenced in 2009 to 19 years to life for second degree murder, not becoming eligible for parole until the age of 88.
From what I read about Phil Spector, it’s doubtful he was a Jesus follower before going to prison or looked to Him for his purpose in life.
If our purpose, as humans, is to know God and love Him more daily, what is God’s purpose for us?
I didn’t look to Mr. Google for the answer to that question. No, the word of God supplied numerous Scriptures that tell of God’s plan for mankind.
The LORD works out everything to its proper end—even the wicked for a day of disaster. Proverbs 16:4
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’S purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
“I make known the end from the beginning from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ ” Isaiah 46:10
God has already planned our lives, and is under no obligation to reveal those plans. We must simply trust that the life God has prepared will unfold. Through knowing God, through having a relationship with Him, and loving Him with all of our heart, mind and soul, we will be better equipped to trust Him with each day. Each new circumstance. The good and the bad. To live the life God has already written in His book of life. (Psalm 139:16)
Going down that rabbit trail and discovering some interesting facts about “To Know You is to Love You” didn’t stop with that song. That very morning, a friend posted a YouTube video on FaceBook. A video of a secular song, turned into a sacred one, with the caption: What if Ed Sherran’s “Perfect” were a Christian song by Beckah Shae and Damien Horne.(If you aren’t familiar with Ed Sherran’s “Perfect,” you can Google that info.)
I have listened to the Christian version countless times already. Their voices are mesmerizing! This song is my persoanl story and the words resonate in my heart.
That video led me to other songs, by the same female artist, where words have been changed from the original secular to sacred, Christian songs. What a glorious morning I had, listening/worshipping to an array of “new” Christian songs.
I fell deeper in love with my Jesus that morning as Beckah’s and Damien’s enchanting voices and lyrics captivated my heart.
All because I asked a question and ventured down a rabbit trail. Sometimes that’s just where God will lead me in my pursuit of Him. What might seem like an unnecessary detour, is God’s perfectly planned route for my day.
Don’t be afraid to venture off the path you have established for the day. Let the Holy Spirit lead you. That detour down what seems like a rabbit trail just might be God’s purpose for your day.
I must remember that, once Bible study starts back up on the fall. Those rabbit trails can take us to God’s intended location. A perfect encounter with the living LORD.
Please do not leave without listening to the Christian version of “Perfect.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW8Y9F8dQkI