Unless we’re sleeping, there is always music playing in our home. And unless one of us has created a new playlist that we just can’t stop listening to, the music playing is usually Positive Hits 90.5. We have iHomes throughout the house so that you can hear the music no matter where you go or what you’re doing. As a result, the members of our family are often caught singing or humming a song that’s been getting frequent airplay. Last week, I was skipping up and down the driveway with Sofija and realized that she had been singing “this is buv vauvin” for several minutes. Although my older two are crazy about Toby Mac, I don’t tend to play close attention to his music. I continued to hear her singing that phrase over and over again for a few days before she added additional lyrics and I got it.
“Be ock yown, nod yown foe-yeva.
Use a way, gid back up again.
Dis is buv vauvin, buv vauvin.”
Much like the rest of her vocabulary, her pronunciation of the lyrics has improved greatly in the past few days. As we walked through the commissary today, she begged for strawberries, watermelon, grapes, crackers, cookies and yogurt, by name and in nearly perfect English. And in the car on the way home, she began singing along as Toby Mac belted out,
“May be knocked down, but not out forever.
This is love callin’. Love callin’. Out to the broken.
This is love callin’.
This is love callin’. Love callin’. I am so broken.
This is love callin’.
The first frequent airplay song that my daughter has learned is one that declares that she is broken.
I think not!
God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.
What a promise! She is being called by name by the greatest love. He brought her here and made her a part of this family to give her a solid foundation. Yes. That’s a somewhat daunting responsibility. But it’s God job, not ours.
This afternoon, I was standing in the kitchen, while talking to Tata on the phone. He asked me what Sofija was singing. Until that moment, I had not been paying attention. It was Chrissie’s song. Okay, it’s really Kutless’ song, but to those of us who feel in love with Christyn Joy Patterson, the song is hers. This is the part of the song that my daughter was singing:
“I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That’s what faith can do!”
Sofija’s English song repertoire now consist of Jesus Loves Me, Get Back Up Again (Love Callin’), and That’s What Faith Can Do.
A few days after Seth explained to me how the caged peacocks were like him before God destroyed his cage so that he could spread his feathers and be beautiful, I realized that he probably understood the most important thing he would ever learn in life.
This afternoon I started thinking that Sofija may not need to ever learn another song.