Musicians interest me. I am one, but something about other musicians–their style, tone quality, and overall musicality grips my attention like nothing else can. I am serious. When I listen to music, especially artists I enjoy, I am captured by these things. I am taken away by lyrics and melodies of songs I don’t know, but want to learn and even those I do know, and want to get better at playing.
Audrey Assad came to Bethel’s campus to lead us in worship during chapel, share her story, but also give a free concert later in the evening. I cannot explain how blessed our campus was to have this woman of God speak truth into our lives through word and through song. As she lead Healer, my favorite worship song, during chapel, I had a profound moment. God really spoke to my heart as we belted the words, “Nothing is impossible for You. You hold my world in Your hands.” I was brought to His throne with this new revelation. As often as I’ve sung this song and have meditated on the words–they didn’t hit me like this before. I finally got it into my head that NO situation, NO circumstance, NO suffering is too much for God to handle. He literally holds me in His hands and blesses me. WOW! Big moment for me.
Later that evening, she led another song called Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen. Originally I thought, “interesting choice,” considering the song is about a divorce. But, then she explained the chorus. “Everybody’s got a hungry heart. Everybody’s got a hungry heart. Lay down your money and play your part. Everybody’s got hungry heart.” There’s something about those words, and witnessing the passion behind those words as she sang them, that gave me a new perspective on some songs I sing. I learned I need to be more open to what ALL musicians have to offer; I learned that I too have a very ‘hungry heart’ for a God that is not only my Healer, but my Protector. I better go learn this song!