I was listening to a song this morning, “The Music of the Night” from the Phantom of the Opera and I waited, ahhh there it was. Then I listened to Luciano Pavarotti sing one of my favorites, Nessun Dorma and as I listened I realized I was waiting and again I was rewarded, so worth the wait. It was the theme of the day, one I didn’t realize was developing until this evening late as I listened to the sound track of “The Rose” and I remembered singing it and the anticipation of hitting the last high note and it hit me! All day I had been listening for and anticipating the high notes in the songs that I love to hear! Why is that? I researched to see if there was a reason and read that it’s because music stimulates an ancient reward pathway in the brain, encouraging dopamine to flood the striatum—a part of the forebrain activated by addiction, reward, and motivation. Music, it seems, may affect our brains the same way that sex, gambling, and potato chips do. I thought, Wow, I don’t remember the last time I ate a potato chip and I have actually never gambled, so it had to be something else. Well, I never figured that part of it out but I did have some other thoughts.
Our life, like a song, starts out pretty even but as we go along things happen that cause the pace to pick up a bit, maybe it slows to a melancholy melody and we drift, sometimes there is a funeral dirge, that is hardest one to get over. Our life has love songs, somebody-did-somebody-wrong-songs, wedding marches and lullabies but what we are all anticipating is the time in our life that we hit that one big high note, the one that makes glasses vibrate, maybe even shatter and we have a sense that all is well in our world.
Since my life has laryngitis sometimes, and other times it is totally tone deaf or gets too weighed down with the cares of this life, because I have not cast all my cares on Him knowing that He cares for me, 1 Peter 5:7, I have to lean on the scripture in
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Knowing that he cares and that He is giving me a future and a hope gives me the ahhhh feeling I have upon finally hearing the high note I have been anticipating through the whole life song.
I think I will go sing a few verses of “It is well with my soul!”