I’ve just joined a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES every Friday. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the word is CREATE. Go!
So I’m preparing to write on “create” and all I can hear are melodies in my head. Lilting melodies, moving up, moving down. Beautiful, mysterious.
But that doesn’t help me write for 5 minutes! I need words!
And then a flash of memory bursts into my mind. Narnia, Aslan, darkness. You remember… It’s “The Magician’s Nephew” and Digory and Polly are in darkness, afraid, confused, in danger.
“In the darkness something was happening at last. A voice had begun to sing… There were no words. There was hardly even a tune. But it was, beyond comparison, the most beautiful noise he had ever heard. It was so beautiful he could hardly bear it.” (chapter 8)
I think CS Lewis was onto something. Did you know that the word used in Scripture to describe the voice of God actually means “the sound of every frequency?” That’s why Ezekiel said, “The sound of the wings of the cherubim could be heard as far away as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when He speaks” (Ezekiel 10:5).
That’s how it is in worship, too. Our words are often inadequate. We mean to say and do soooo much more. Sometimes the best words to say are simply melodies.
Sing your creation.
I can’t help but add another quote from the book. I know what I want to do this lazy Friday afternoon…
“The Lion was pacing to and fro about that empty land and singing his new song. It was softer and more lilting than the song by which he had called up the stars and the sun; a gentle, rippling music. And as he walked and sang the valley grew green with grass. It spread out from the Lion like a pool…” (chapter 9)
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