Tuesday, July 05, 2011

God's Gifts

I was reading a devotional earlier this morning. It was about our gifts from God. It got me to thinking about my gifts He has given me.
Singing has always been my thing. I have sung in groups, and solo for as long as I can remember. My first solo was at a Christmas Eve service when I was 6. I sang, of all things, "Bring a Torch, Janette Isabella" in front of the entire congregation. I still remember the tune, just not all the words. That was 60 years ago, and I am still singing. What a glorious gift God has given me.

But, and there always seems to be a "but," my hearing is beginning to fail, so thus, I am singing less. It gets harder and harder to hear the accompaniment, and the voices around me in choir, and when I solo, I feel like I need to be standing on top of the piano.

In light of this happening, my artistic juices seem to be getting a boost. I find myself learning a new craft, or returning to an old one with more vigor. It seems like I have a better eye for color, and a talent for handwork that I never had before. Is God working another of His mysterious ways with me? I think so.

I am enjoying gardening more. I still don't like to mow and weed, but I do enjoy working out in the flowers, and tending my water feature. I am enjoying just being out in God's world more than I have in the past.

I have often heard that "when life closes a door, God opens a window." These changes in my life have made me believe it even more. I still want to sing, but now it is not so important. I know that God is watching out for me and giving me other things to do and think about.


1 comment:

Mellodee said...

Yep, no two ways about it, we must be twins, separated at birth!! lol! Music and singing has always been an enormous part of my life and gave me such wonderful experiences! My voice is mostly still there, but I have lost a few notes at the high end (really not a good thing for a First Soprano!!), but I think that is more from lack of use than age, but I could be wrong.

I miss it and I miss being around people who are musically talented as well. No one who doesn't sing can ever understand the joy singing gives.

I love to sing all kinds of music from pop to classical. My favorite choral piece to sing is (predictably) "The Hallelujah Chorus". I probably share that with a gazillion people. It is a spectacular piece of music for choral singers. By the time you reach the end and that final pause, then "Hal-leeee-luuu-jahh", you are out of breath, feel like you've run a marathon, yet filled with the glorious sounds that had been sung! Impossible to feel better than that!