I am a bit of a romantic when it comes to the 1940’s. I know there were many who were still living frugally due to the Great Depression and then World War II. Yet, there is a sense of digging in, a sense of making do or doing without, that appeals to me.
I have been listening to Big Band music lately; classic songs from Benny Goodman, Bing Crosby, and the Andrews Sisters. I love the rhythm, the lyrics are fun, and it often pulls me out of any negative mood I may be in that day. Big Band music is the perfect soundtrack.
Our walk is much the same with Christ. While it may be full of struggles and loss, His Holy Spirit brings with it a deep joy and celebration. This life is not the only thing we have, it’s not the only thing we will receive.
Even as the Israelites circled Jericho, the most fortified place in the Promised Land, they knew there was more to come. The Commander of the LORD’s Army had told them so (Joshua 5:13-6:7). The trumpets played, the men marched in obedience, and on the seventh day, the walls came down, through God’s great power. He changed everything.
While I am sure it was obedience and not the trumpets that made the difference at Jericho or on the battlefields in Europe during World War II; I know the music encouraged the people who heard it.
One of the fun songs from the 1940’s is Ac-Cen-Tu-Ate the Positive sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters. It is a bit of our family’s theme song, focusing on the good, not the negative. As believers we can focus on the things that are wrong, the losses, the lack of justice. Or we can focus on the calling we have received from God. The calling to share the Gospel, to share the joy, the celebration that this world is not our home, we are just passing through.
Let our lives be the brass and percussion, playing the music of God, and singing as the walls fall down.