God and the Brandenburg Concerto


This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope…….It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:21-26

Ever feel like the ground has suddenly shifted beneath your feet?

Like a great seismic shift happened somewhere and everyone got the memo but you and you feel like you’re free-falling through your own life?

Trying to walk backwards on a moving sidewalk?

You feel attacked by the “never wills…..” All of a sudden you know that some things in this life “never will” happen again……the train left and took your youth with it.

One minute you had your feet firmly planted on those sands of time and while you weren’t looking the tide came and took it out from under your feet and swept most of it out to sea.

Don’t be alarmed. This is a normal part of being human. Of living in an ever-changing culture, a time-stamped world.

When I feel that out of control falling feeling……..the one thing that helps me the most is to be reminded that God will never, ever change. When God is your anchor, you don’t have to be devastated by things that change in this life. And when He says, “I got this.” You know He really really really does.

This morning the Brandenburg Concerto came on the classical station I listen to on the way to work. I remembered a time when my Mom and I were much younger and I used to listen to this in my old room when the leaves rained yellow in the fall. She used to tell me it made her nervous, and she called it the “nervous music.” It was a sweet memory and I was smiling yet I wanted to cry too.

It comforted me to know that God and the Brandenburg concerto will never change, even if everything else does. And wouldn’t you know that God worked it out that the last note played as I coasted to a stop in the parking lot.

The best way we can honor today is by being fully present in the moment God gives us and by cherishing the people in our lives right now, we shape our memories tomorrow. We can tell time who’s boss because we don’t have to regret it when it’s gone.


8 thoughts on “God and the Brandenburg Concerto

  1. Sweet post…

    I have a friend who holds up three fingers — and when he does, he’s indicating that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit have it.

    So, yes they have it. If only we’d always let them — have it.

  2. Since I wasn’t sure which piece this was, I had to look it up – and I have it playing in the background as I type this 🙂

    Good music is timeless. I can’t hear what your mom called nervous about this piece, but then again, I’m listening with different ears than she, and at a different time.

    God is outside of time. I had a hard time with that concept at first – now? Not so much.

    Thanks for sharing this memory, Lori!

    1. I am with you on good music. I feel the same way about art too. I think both good art and good music should lift us above ourselves and make us better people…..universally. Outside of time, yes. I believe when we are in Heaven we will not even be aware of the passage of time we will be so far outside it. I have a hard time grasping that, very hard. Everything good in this life always has an end, and I can’t imagine anything that doesn’t. Thank you for reading, and commenting!

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