Recharging in the Dungeon

So after a long week of about 50 hours of work, I had one short day off to try to recover before jumping back into the rat race and doing it all over again.

That day off was ever too short, however there were a couple of things going on that may have helped me recharge a bit….in spite of the nasty cold that has settled in on me this morning.

Last night I got a call from my Attaboy bandmate, Than, asking me to come over to his place to lay down a drum track to a song that he and I had started to work on a couple of years ago. I decided that would be a good time so off I went to the famous, well not really famous to anyone other than those involved, “Dungeon” studio. The studio consists of Than hooking up some minor amounts of sound gear to his mac and recording directly into there. It’s nothing fancy mind you, but it gets the job done. The task at hand is getting our musical ideas down so we can continue to polish up the music we have created so that someday maybe we will try to do something with it.

So I headed over and spent a couple hours finishing a my part for the song and then today went over to work on another old song of his to see if we could give it some new life, although it was pretty much good to go how it was before. If nothing else it was a good excuse to play and get a little more practice recording to a click track, which takes some getting used to when you are used to being the one dictating the tempo. Overall though I don’t feel too bad about how things went there. A few minor hiccups along the way, but nothing a retake or two wouldn’t clean up.

Playing music always help me feel a little more energized, especially when it is not simply learning other peoples’ music.

The other little side note is more on the thinking side and I can’t help but feel I may have stumbled upon a simple yet important lesson in life. All too often when something bad happens in life you will hear people start to question and call out God saying things such as “How could God let this happen to me?” or “I can’t believe that if there was a God he would let something like this happen.”, maybe even the simple phrase of “God, why are you putting me through this?”.  So over the last few days I have been thoroughly enjoying reading a Daily Devotion Book for Men that I got for Christmas and suddenly the answer to those questions seemed to become clear to me, even though it was right there in the Bible for all to see. In the book they were quoting passages from the book of Isiah which were relating to how God helps up find Him again when we start to stray. To sum it up there were a few passages over the last few days that basically show that when we start to stray from God and become like tarnished silver, he cleanse us and bring us closer by “melting down the silver and skimming the slag off the surface, so that we are once more pure, untarnished silver”. Simply put, when he puts us through those difficult times it is so that our faith in Him can become even stronger and we can shake free of the crap that has built up inside of us, no longer losing sight of our relationship with Him. It doesn’t happen automatically though, being closer to God after a rough spot in life. You would have to think of it more as an opportunity to be closer to God, to re-establish that relationship.

Essentially, those rough and difficult times in life are a warning that we are starting to stray from Him and are really a second chance to be closer with God.

I realize there are some situations where a person seems to live a very faithful life and bad things still happen, so maybe this doesn’t apply to every bad situation, but I know personally there have been some things over the last few years that have happened to me where I felt like a victim and couldn’t understand why all of these things were happening to me. I can look back now and see that they allowed me to build a stronger relationship with God and strengthen my Christian faith, if not gain a little wisdom along the way.

Take from it what you will, but it’s an idea that seems to make sense to me.

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