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Music has always been a huge part of my life. What I choose to listen to in a specific moment can easily reflect the emotion or feelings of a given situation. There have been more than a few occasions where at a stop light I have been caught air drumming and singing at the top of my lungs and then awkwardly catch the person in the next car silently judging me. The way the chords and melody of a song can punctuate a moment, can help to change my perspective, or give me a brief escape.
On occasion there will be a new song that will trigger something within me simply with a lyric or a line that speaks to something deeper, something I have been wrestling with, or something that I have wanted to express but couldn’t find the adequate words. These songs get put on repeat until the words have a chance to really sink in.
There is a song by Phil Wickham called “Tethered”. The first time this song came on I stopped what I was doing and just listened. I couldn’t shake this word “tethered”. As Christians we understand intellectually that our lives are to be lived with Jesus, but this word brought a very practical picture into mind. Phil sings, “I just want my life to ever be entwined with You / Tethered to Your heart”. The definition of tether is: “to be tied to a post or fixed to the ground with a rope or chain”. Isn’t this an amazing picture for us? To rest in the fact that our hearts should be fixated and tethered to Jesus Christ who is unmovable and unshakable, who brings stability, provides protection, who gives us freedom in our relationship with Him, that we might invite Him into what is happening in our own lives.
‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’
Just like getting a song stuck in my head, I want the truth of this verse to get stuck in my head so I can’t help but see how Jesus is a part of my day to day life. Would our thoughts and actions be tethered to Jesus as we interact with our families, work our jobs, talk with our neighbors, run errands, enjoy our hobbies, spend time serving others, and spend time with Him.