Thursday, February 27, 2014
Our travels recently took us to Southern California for concerts in the Covina / Alhambra area. One of those concerts was at a retirement home. When we arrived that afternoon to set up for the concert, I have to admit I felt somewhat disappointed at the rather small size of the room. I thought, "we've traveled all this way for this?"
What I didn't realize was that this facility was home to many retired ministers and spouses. We set up, did our sound check, and went back to the bus to rest and get ready for the evening's concert.
As it grew close to concert time, we began to see people filing in, all of them older except some of the facility workers who were rolling in some folks in their wheel chairs. The little room filled up and we began our concert.
We sang many of our regular songs; Jesus Is Coming Soon, Sweet Songs About Heaven, That's What Heaven Will Be, The Old Country Church, etc. As we did, we became increasingly aware of the fact that many of our songs were speaking directly to where these folks were and confirmed what they had spent their lives telling others.
One older gentleman sat with his head leaned back, eyes closed and tears running down his face for most of the service. We sang How Great Thou Art and Someone To Care, It Is No Secret and What A Friend We Have In Jesus; songs that all of them knew.
An elderly lady in a wheel chair right up front had a different response. She smiled through the entire concert. Her nurse tried to roll her out before we were through and she protested so much that she was allowed to stay until the concert was over. She was actually one of the last to leave. She had her nurse roll her right up to the product table after most had left and, with a beaming smile and dancing eyes, told me how much she enjoyed the concert. Another elderly woman, fighting back tears, said the concert was exactly what she needed. We couldn't take two steps without these precious servants of the Lord grabbing our hands and thanking us for ministering to them and encouraging them.
We don't always know what God is doing or why. Sometimes things that appear to be unimportant are just the opposite. Some assignments that seem mundane are, in fact, divine appointments that God has ordained.
We left the concert that evening with an overwhelming gratitude to God for allowing us the privilege of ministering to some of His choice servants, some of whom may feel forgotten and lonely. We were anything but alone in that room. God's presence was very real and we left with a humble and overflowing heart.
Father, thank You that You ordain our steps and direct our paths. Thank You for the opportunity to share Your gospel in song with those with whom You ordain our paths to cross. Forgive us for doubting your leading, for prejudging any situation according to what our physical eyes see, and remind us that You are Lord and You know exactly what You're doing. Thank You for counting us worthy of ministering to Your ministers.
We are humbled and honored that You would choose us and use us. Help us to continue to trust You and to realize that you are working all things together for our good and for the good of those for whom we have an opportunity to share the encouraging message of these great songs.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
P.S. You may know that 2014 marks the 80th anniversary of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. My dad, James, along with older brothers, Roy and Doyle, and nephew, R.W., Sr., began singing in their native state of Mississippi in 1934; Choctaw, County, Mississippi, to be exact, the county seat of which is Ackerman.
We are thrilled to announce that the Blackwood Brothers Quartet will be appearing in concert in Ackerman for an 80th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 29th at 6 p.m. at the Ackerman Baptist Church. We invite all our friends in the area to come!!!