Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16, NKJV.
Ever had an earworm? It’s a phrase or song that gets caught on replay in your mind and plays over and over, and over and over, until something else replaces it. Professional marketers know all about earworms. That’s why I can mention bits or phrases, like the McDonald’s catch tune, “I’m lovin’ it” or Geico’s “fifteen minutes can save you…” and you can finish the phrase. An earworm is usually something that triggers an emotional memory—happiness or sadness, but most of the time, it just makes us frustrated. We are frustrated because we cannot let it go (and the song just started in your head for Frozen fans) and because we cannot silence it. And what seems to usually happen is that the moment we finally realize the earworm is gone, someone triggers it again by saying or singing the catch phrase all over again!
Believe it or not, God gave us earworms. He also told us we have the capability through the power of Christ to bring every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). What if we used our earworms to nudge us closer in our relationship with God? What if we programmed our minds to replay bits and pieces of praise and worship songs, or learn parts of Scripture by reviewing them over and over on the audio replay in our own heads?
This morning, I awoke with an earworm, but I didn’t hate it. A part of a praise song that talks about the amazing grace of God was stuck on replay, and it made me smile. Even in the midst of a busy weekend, my brain was focusing on His grace. Even after a sweet night’s sleep after a physically exhausting day, I woke up in His grace. With a busy day ahead, He has given grace. When the days are dark, when the rain comes, or when the sun is shining and the world is at peace, we have His grace. Today, I am thinking about it and catching an earworm with the words, “call it grace.”
It’s all about grace—the fact that God loves us, saves us, keeps us, sustains us and promises eternity to us is all Him. Today, as my earworm plays over and over, I am glad for the reminder to remember it’s all about His grace. So, the next time an earworm gets into your head, I hope you hear His grace. Or, you can at least be thankful for His grace as your earworm plays again and again. And again.
Thought-provoker: What reminders are our earworms bringing us today? Try to focus your earworms on something positive about God and His grace today.
Abba, thank You for earworms—the ability to hear something over and over in our minds. Thank You for the reminders of Your grace, whether we hear them in our heads, or see them in our lives, and thank You for being the Giver of grace (and earworms too). In Jesus’ name, Amen.