Day 346: Refrain (Dec 12)

Yesterday, I asked God what His word for my life was right now, in this moment.  I immediately heard the word Refrain.

Refrain:  Verb- Stop oneself from doing something.  Noun- a repeated line or number of lines in a poem or song, typically at the end of each verse.  The musical accompaniment for a refrain.  A comment or complaint that is often repeated. 

It was intriguing to me that this word immediately came.  Right away I thought of a refrain in a piece of music.  As a musician it really spoke to me.  I felt individually loved because God spoke in my language.

Then I took a moment to reflect more deeply on the musical meaning of the word.

Refrain: from the Latin refringere, “to repeat”.  Is the line or lines that are repeated in music or in poetry; the “chorus” of a song. 

Then the truth of what God was releasing began to wash over me.

Over the last week or so, many old fears have been knocking at the door of my heart.  I have recognized them and have sought to focus on God’s truth instead, but none-the-less, they haven’t relented.  Oftentimes, in our line of business, the holidays can feel scary as business slows down and we all wonder what the companies next year budget will include.  So over the years, I have fought anxiety during what should be a joyous and relaxing time.

These have become unpleasant refrains in my life, and I won’t lie about it, I have been struggling with them.

I kept asking God, “How much longer will we walk through all of this?”  and, “God, it would be so great to finally have a holiday season where we saw our business increase instead of decrease just to bring comfort to our hearts.”

Even in typing that I feel it deep deep inside.

But what I see now is this, God is ready to release a new refrain over my life.  A refrain of joyful expectation!  A refrain of hope.  A refrain of trust.

So today I will refrain from thinking the negative thoughts and I will recite a positive refrain over my life.  See, it can work in two different ways!  God is so cool like that 😊

I ask you, what is the refrain that plays over your life?  Is it time to receive a new one?

The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you.  He will quiet you with His love.  He will rejoice over you with singing.  Zephaniah 3:17