Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Power behind music

I've always had this love for music, I believe it has powers. It's all about finding and playing the right song at the right time. Sometimes your shuffle does the magic, other times you are forced to figure it out on your own. I've known this song (almost) all my life but hearing it that day gave me this inner peace. I felt like the burden I had been carrying was taken from me. I felt sudden relief.

The past year was a crazy one, my sister left, I had endless tests, I had to watch 2 people I love slowly recover from life threatening illnesses, I had to retake an exam that determined the next one year of my life and with all these I was struggling with my emotions and spirituality I've always felt a problem shared (with the right person) is a problem half solved so I tried talking to my friends but it seemed like no one could give me a lasting solution, not because they didn't want to but they couldn't figure out what exactly was wrong. I couldn't even figure it out myself. All I knew was the mood swings and tears were endless. Behind d smiles was fear, uncertainty, emptiness. A few times I wanted to pray then I realized I didn't know how. Im sure you are thinking how hard can it be but whenever I tried, my weaknesses were brought before me. I didn't feel worthy to talk to God, I wasn't worthy.

So there I was, sitting in one of my 'I can't remember the exact mood it was this time' and then the song came up. As I sang along I suddenly remembered I had someone all along, someone who knew everything about me, he knew exactly how i felt, he knows me more than I know myself. He knew what I was going through even if I wasn't sure exactly what it was. I had him as a friend, he had been waiting all this time for me to call him. Just when I wanted to call, my weaknesses again were brought before me, then the word came "in my weakness he is made strong". I realized I didn't have to be strong on my own. His strength was available for me. I didn't even have to say much, he could see right into my heart, right behind the tears he knew how much I was hurting, how empty I felt. Then came the assurance. He told me everything will be alright, he had it under control. He that started a good work in my life promised to bring it to a perfect end. Suddenly I felt at peace and since then I got him on my speed dial. What a friend I have in Jesus.

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer

This was written by a friend Eneni(@eneni), and I have had it for a while but I guess I got too lazy to upload and share. I have been exhausted and going through a few things lately, I randomly thought of this blog and decided to upload something. This post has been sitting in my email for a while now and today I finally decided to read it and upload for you guys. Little did I know that it was also for me, little did I know it was going to help how I currently feel, but it did. So I thought to myself, "what better time is there to share this, than now right after it just helped me?"

Hope it encourages you too.

Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness


  1. Ah aunty G I can see you are in the spirit.

    I have long ago accepted the fact that music is a strong force on it's own. 

    No matter how it's rendered. That's why one has to be careful what sort of music one listens to.

    This is one of my favourite hymns. Very calm and re-assuring.
    I recently posted an Album review on my blog for CeCe Winans' Throne Room and I can tell you this has ministered to me constantly during every play(I'm sure my phone and the CD are tired of me) every song on that album has a force I tell you. You all should try it

  2. omg... while reading i remembered how 'what a friend we have in Jesus' was put in my heart one day when i felt lost about having no close friends anymore, especially after i got born again, and there you are singing the same song.

    the power of music is beyond anything we can ever imagine.
    I've woken up on some days with a song of hope and encouragement placed in my heart and i get singing all morning with renewed hope. The right songs put a bounce on our steps, and keeps us living with a grateful heart.

  3. This song Haaaa. It does so much to me, letting me know that I only waste my time worrying sometimes. Jesus is indeed there to carry my burdens for me

  4. It certainly encouraged me.  Music has a way of making a very deep connection with us, with or without words.  Hymns are just timeless.  The words are as relevant today as they were when the particular hymn was written.  Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hmmm...Thank God for music. The bible tells us that there is music in heaven and we can obviously see why; it's so powerful. Music has made me in...BALL my eyes out while driving. Neway, I pray you find your peace and sustenance in Christ Jesus. Amen