Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | April 24, 2012

The Music of My Life

Doha, Qatar to Amman, Jordan

I arrived in Jordan, the ancient land of Moab, earlier this afternoon after a flight delay of more than an hour. The flight was relatively uneventful with the exception of a rough landing that slammed us onto the tarmac. I have come to Jordan at the invitation of my hosts in Doha to meet with a Christ-follower who heads Global Hope Network Jordan, a development organization that reaches out to refugees from neighboring countries. Because I am here for only twenty-four hours, we wasted no time in heading toward one of the refugee camps near Madaba, also known as the City of Mosaics. We took a few minutes to stop at the Greek Orthodox Basilica of Saint George in Madaba to look at one of the oldest maps in the world — a floor mosaic of what the Mediterranean world looked like during biblical times. Absolutely amazing.

As my new friend and I talked, he described the scope of his work and how God is using it to change the lives of refugees who live on only a few dollars a month and even less hope. It was apparent to me as we talked that God has given him a compassionate heart for the least of these. He works tirelessly to give the people in the camps a hand up rather than a hand out. His organization demonstrates God’s love to others in the most practical of ways and then trusts Him to open doors to share with them about that love. As he was explaining the nature of their work, he said, “If you will allow people to listen to and enjoy the music of your life, then sooner or later they will want to know the words.” I love that description of how a Christ-follower should live and serve. The way in which we demonstrate God’s love to others should be more like a symphony than a cacophony and should prompt others to ask, “Why are you doing this for (or with) me?”

It’s almost midnight as I write this blog. I’m a bit road weary and want to go to bed. But, I can’t stop thinking about the music of my life and whether or not those who hear it are even interested in wanting to learn the lyrics. John described Jesus as being “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Grace is the music that prompts people to ask questions about the lyrics, or the truth. Do others hear the music of grace and kindness flowing from our lives or do they hear the dissonant sounds of self-absorbed living? How long has it been since anyone asked you about the lyrics? As for me, I am more determined than ever to allow God to write the score for the music of my life and to teach me to play it well for others — after all, people are listening whether we realize it or not. I want to give others something worth listening to and then be prepared to teach them the lyrics.


Responses

  1. This is by far one of my favorite blogs you have written–how beautiful & challenging. I am thankful for your new friend.

    • Thanks, Kristin. It’s so cool to meet new people along our journey that challenge us to consider how we can be more effective in serving both God and others.

  2. That is so inspiring and challenging. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks, Matt. Blessings to you in your ministry.

  3. I hope you are ‘sleeping’ and allowing the One who writes the songs to sing over you….The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet [you] with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zep 3:17 Make no mistake, Pastor Omar, many hear your song!

    • Thanks, Sheryl ;-). I have managed to get some rest on this trip.

  4. I also found this blog note very inspiring tonight! Love the Zeph. verse and used to have that one memorized but need to relearn it…such an awesome word of God. Rest easy. God is still on the throne even if you rest. He so gets us!

    • Amen, Sue Ann. God never slumbers nor sleeps and thinks about us all night long!

  5. Your new friend’s words brought tears to my eyes. He said it so perfectly…

    • He did say it well. His words have been on my mind a lot, especially today when we visited Syrian refugees who have suffered unimaginable loss. One man shared with us that he lost 27 members of his family and extended family. He was so grateful for the food aid that Kingsland purchased and that we delivered to his surviving family members. That action alone was like a sweet little melody to this suffering family. My new friend and his organization will follow up in the coming days.


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