Every movie, play, or television show has a theme song. The theme song is supposed to be memorable and give you some indication of what the movie or show was about. I attended a women’s leadership event a few years back, and the lovely Jesica Averhart shared that every time she enters the room, she has a theme song playing in her head. She was sharing in the context of getting herself into the right “headspace” for whatever was in front of her that day or for that moment. I thought it was a great idea and have done the same ever since. My theme song can change based on what I sense I need for the day.
Lately, though my theme song has been Speak to My Heart by Donnie McClurkin. Here’s a quick link to it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6qK5b_kokJE
I’m naturally an introvert. Contrary to what the general public thinks, introverts aren’t people who prefer to hide in the corner and not mix with people. Introversion and its complement, extroversion, are about where one draws their energy from. Introverts, like me, tend to draw our energy from inward and then share it outward. Extroverts draw their energy from outward and then internalize it. So if you look at any networking event, you will see the extroverts buzzing around the room talking to everyone and being the life of the party. While the introverts are usually in deep discussion with one person and enjoying that one conversation.
So being an introvert, I have lots of conversation with myself, which is why the song Speak to My Heart is so appropriate. I don’t know about y’all, but I feel like there are a whole lot of people talking right now, and after a while, it all just sounds like a cacophony. It’s so much some time that I will often scan my calendar during the week for times when I do not have to be in a meeting or otherwise committed to someone. Not that I don’t like being around people! I love my family, my church family, my sorority sisters, and my co-workers (well, at least let’s go with like or respect on that one!). But I’ve come to realize that God will not compete with all that noise going on in my life. If I want Him to speak to my heart, then I have to make Him a priority and set aside space for it. There are so many decisions we face as wives, mothers, friends, and workers for which we need clarity. And I believe that God wants to give us that clarity. Proverbs 2:6 and 9 state, “For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding…Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.”
I’ve shared in previous posts that my favorite quiet spot to spend time with God is on my back porch in the early morning. There’s nothing there to distract me. Just looking out over the trees and listening to the birds chirping. It’s where God and I meet regularly. I do the listening, and He does the speaking. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert doesn’t really matter. As Christians, we need to draw our energy from God to make it through these crazy times! I encourage you to find your theme song that draws you close to the Source of our Everything! In the meantime, I’ll keep humming along. Be blessed!
Speak to my heart, Lord, give me Your holy word
If I can hear from You, then I’ll know what to do
I won’t go on, I’ll never go on my own
Just let Your spirit guide and let Your word abide