Magic, I Tell You

A Simple Song

When my youngest daughter was in preschool, I applied for the job of middle school choir director at her school. I really wanted the part-time job. I mean, most people would, right? Boys with changing voices plus girls with unpredictable moods. Add some 12-14 year old angst and high-brow choral music, and voila. Magic, I tell you.

Before the interview V and I were playing. I told her I was nervous about my up-coming meeting. Right away she looked up, said, “I have a song for that,” and started to sing.

God is with me. God is with me. God is with me wherever I go.

With the humility, simplicity and confidence of a 4 year old, God sliced through my anxiety. What was I worried about? He’s here! He is in control of everything!

I did get the job. It was blessedly a short-term substitute position. I only had to endure, uh, I mean, enjoy it for a few months before their director returned.

If you’re feeling anxious, remember: God is with you! And maybe thank Him if you aren’t in a small room trying to inspire young teens to sing three hundred year old music. Or snazzy arrangements of pop songs from the 70’s, which to the students is exactly the same thing.

The Bible Tells Me So

God is with me: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” —Jesus Christ

God is with me: “God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.’ And He said, ‘Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.’ ” —God

God is with me: “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).” —Matthew and Isaiah

God is with me, wherever I go: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up … You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.” —King David