Wednesday, February 12, 2014

When you're filled with the light ...

Zac Brown at CFSB Center in Murray, Ky., on 2.8.14. 
Photo by Kyser Lough. See more here. 

I don't have an ounce of musical talent. Really, I'm not sure what those three years of playing the clarinet were about. But they're over and now I just depend on professional musicians for my entertainment.

Three and a half years ago, I saw Zac Brown Band at HullabaLOU and decided it was my favorite live band. So, of course, I've been wanting to see Zac Brown and his talented band again. I really never considered it would be in my small town.

Well, it was. And it happened Saturday night.

And to make the evening even better, I went to the concert with my friend Sarah.

Let me give you a little background on Sarah and me: We hang out usually a couple times a week. Often our families lunch after church and then we see each other during the week at story time and often another lunch somewhere. We text pretty much every day. When it warms up we'll take our boys to the park, where their energy is better burned.

So, yes, we swap stories, ask for advice, figure out motherhood, watch each other's kids and invest in our church community together. But our conversations are usually interrupted by the noise and movement that comes with her three kids {two boys then a girl} who are 4 years to 9 months and my 4-year-old boy. Sometimes my 6-year-old girl is with us, but she's often at school.

And I think that's our second picture together. We have a few with groups of friends and tons of our kids, especially the boys who are less than a month apart and have been friends since they were born more than four years ago, together.

Feb. 8 had been on my calendar for months. Zac Brown Band with Sarah. Y'all, I think it was the third {possibly fourth ...} time Sarah and I had hung out with our kids. Can you imagine how much talking we got accomplished in the five hours we were together?

Yeah, exactly.

We went to dinner and then to the concert. We missed the very first opening act because we were enjoying eating slowly, not cutting up anyone else's food, and having long conversations. We did get to the arena in time for most of Levi Lowery.

Do you know him? Yeah, I didn't either. But I could stop thinking he looked like Jack Black. With Willie Robertson hair and beard. And turns out he wrote "Colder Weather" with Zac Brown.

So, yes, Zac Brown. I did wonder if I'd hyped myself up so much in the past 3 1/2 years and would be let down hearing and seeing the band live again. No worries there. It was a fun show and I was introduced to a couple new-to-me Zac Brown Band songs I've since downloaded. My favorite was "Let It Rain," which is on ZBB's newest album released on iTunes.

I can't get enough of "Let It Rain." I can't count how many times I've listened to it since Saturday. My family may want to me to take the song off repeat. Yes, I like the sound but I also like the message.

"Breathe in deep, let it out
Wash the bitterness out of your mouth
There's no room left for darkness
When you're filled with the light it comes out"

Yet another reference to light. That's the word God keeps laying on my heart. For me, the light comes when I let go. It's about lightening the load and delighting in my life right now. And when there's light, it drowns out the darkness. It's in the light where goodness and truth dwell. It's in the light where we can truly see. {See Ephesians 5:8-20.}

So let go. Find some good music. Take a friend with you. And choose the light.

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  1. Sounds so awesome...and I'm glad you could have that girl time with NO kids! Such a rare and wonderful thing. :) (((hugs)))

  2. KristinHillTaylor2/13/2014 7:56 AM

    {{HUGS}} right back to you, Mel!

  3. That's a good bit of lyric there! My husband is the musical one in our family. Me? I play the radio : )

  4. KristinHillTaylor2/14/2014 2:16 PM

    My husband can carry a tune and play the guitar. I'm more like you. :)