Monday, March 12, 2012

Free From Our Cages
When I was in high school my piano teacher told me that the best songs “let the bird out of the cage.” When I heard my college roommate, Rachel, sing for the first time I understood what my teacher meant.

When Rachel sang she translated the beauty in her soul into sound waves. Her music often floated through our apartment, making my soul soar with the rifts and crescendos like a bird that has flown the coop. I can only imagine how Rachel felt when she sang like that.

I recently learned that Rachel’s singing doesn’t satisfy her soul the way it used to. She’s suffered some health problems over the years that have affected her voice, making it hard for her to control her dynamite rifts and hit notes with her former power. Singing is frustrating now. Like trying to fly but slamming into a ceiling mid-summit. The voice that has always sounded freedom to me now makes Rachel feel like a bird that cannot escape its cage. She is learning to live with the gnawing ache of unfulfilled longing.

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  1. Sarah- this was so good! When the I lost my voice for a while the Lord really taught me to listen. Now listening has allowed me to learn to worship in my heart in a way I didn't think possible. God is so good! I can't wait to get to Heaven to be and worship with such complete freedom, no hinderences! It will be glorious!!

  2. Thank you,Tobi. What a difficult thing for you to lose your voice. Such a similar situation to my friend. It's amazing, isn't it, how being emptied leads to fullness in Christ?

    Oh boy, I don't have much of a voice here, so I'm counting on having an off.the.hook set of pipes in heaven! Glorious is the perfect word to describe it!