Messages from Young Adults

Stress Relief in Musical Doses

The bulge began to knot in my throat, and I could feel my right shoulder begin to constrict.  The stress was creeping through my body infecting my every move.  I hate traffic. I hate being late. Put them together, and it’s not pretty. Why do I do this? It doesn’t happen all that often and I hate to admit it, but when I’m caught up in the middle of the moment and these two major pet peeves of mine decide to show up…it’s well, over. 

It all started with the rain.  I had just washed my car, and in the process my driver’s side windshield wiper broke.  I drove home without it, and was hoping to just have a guy friend fix it for me later that day. I was psyched about getting to go to KSBJ’s 25th Anniversary Concert, because I had won tickets just a month before and my anticipation was high. The simple windshield wiper story and my experience prior to arriving at the event, represent a spiritual lesson. Just as I had finished getting dressed and was heading out the door to begin my trip around the loop, the rain started pouring really hard. I had no choice but to girl-up and figure out how to put the windshield wiper back together. It took me quite some time, but I eventually got it together just in time for the rain to stop. Rolling my eyes, I jumped in the car and backed out only to realize I’d forgotten my directions.  Gotta have those.

Back in the house, down the stairs, and back in the car I finally set out. By this time everyone was getting off work and I’d spend the next 3 hours in the car before getting to the concert 1 hour late. If you’d touched my skin, you’d been shocked by the voltage consuming my nerves by this point.  Side Note: While in traffic, I got a call from the spa for a discounted massage. (I missed the Hint hint: RELAX) “This was just not how it was supposed to happen,” I nearly yelled inside to myself.  “WHY??”  It’s the question we all ask.  Why today, why me, why this, why that?  The truth of the matter is that we may not get an answer to that question, right in the midst of our tantrums. He had to school me through music lessons I learned at that concert last night…simple reminders.

1.  Love the rain.  The rain refreshes and rejuvenates life.  After the rain, we appreciate the SON much more. The calm that comes after the storm is like no other peaceful dwelling.

Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Your majesty

(MercyMe)

2. Check your steering. Whatever is driving you away from Him isn’t worth it. Make sure He’s the one gripping the wheel and that you’re headed North.

I got a ticket, I got a ticket
I got a ticket to ride
(Gotta a ticket to ride to the other side)

(Toby Mac)

3. Make sure you’ve got wipers. Self-control = selflessness. Clear vision is required when driving, and sometimes it may be necessary for you to get out of the way and let Him rule. 

So long self
Well it’s been fun, but I have found somebody else
So long self
There’s just no room for two

(MercyMe)

4. If all else fails, He’s got your back. No matter what, He always comes through.

For I am Fearfully and wonderfully made.
I am not forgotten
Never forsaken
 

(as performed by Israel Houghton & New Breed)

So as the evening went on (and it did for 4 more hours), and I belted lyrics from deep within, and screamed louder than a teething infant – my shoulders loosened, and the stress faded as the music elevated.  While I wouldn’t say I’m 100% cured of my “stress disease”, I will say I’ve found a pain reliever which should keep me on track to attaining the victory cure.  I guess that’s why we pledge in Pathfinders to “Keep a song in my heart.”