Scanning the radio for something to listen to and The Ballad of Curtis Loew by Lynyrd Skynyrd came on. It is probably my Favorite Skynyrd song. No, it is my favorite Skynyrd song. From start to finish it was a concert in my car as I belted out the lyrics word for word with Ronnie Van Zant. I was quite pleased with myself remembering the lyrics after all these years, but then I was struck by a thought. Perhaps I didn’t remember all the lyrics but with Ronnie’s help was able to sing them word for word. When I tried to recall the lyrics after the song was over I knew quite a bit of them but there were gaps and places of uncertainty. It was only when I was singing along with the song I knew all the song without missing a beat.
There is a spiritual lesson here. Much like singing along with the song when I am in tune with the Holy Spirit and the voice of God in His word I am able to navigate this life without missing a beat. However when I am not listening to the Spirit, although I make progress in life, I find it difficult to navigate the trials and temptations I encounter. There are gaps and places of uncertainty.
We would do well to listen to the Spirit and sing along with Him while on earth. In doing so life will be less likely to skip a beat.
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” (John 16:13)