It was warm, sunny, and the air felt like rain as we drove through the Smoky Mountains in June. Pulling around the paved trail, this little church came into view, and two cars full of family stopped to look inside. The children ran ahead, and by the time I made it into the little Cade’s Cove church, their grandmother had arranged them with hymn books on the front platform for a picture. They acted out preaching and singing in the little country church while visitors looked around, and a large family ate a picnic lunch in the back pews.
After enjoying my children and nieces at play, my eyes fell to a piano in the back of the church. Sheet music was scattered across the top of the great old music box, mostly fiddle tab and bluegrass country songs, but there was one gospel tune among the pile with chords written in. Without thinking much about it, I set the paper on the little ledge and began to tap on the worn instrument, a little out of tune and missing its pedals. I sang “O Come Angel Band” in the little country church with children all around and thought about days ago when the seats had been filled with people, all singing in one accord.
It wasn’t til I finished that I realized–people had been filtering in the doors of the little church, and they were stopping and standing to watch, to listen. It never crossed my mind to look around before I started to play and sing. We are just worship people at our house. Just free. It’s a part of us. It’s who we are.
I think the love of Jesus is like that. It becomes a part of us that runs so deep, we don’t realize it. We just start to flow and pour out His love without thinking about who’s watching. Even though the fact is, people are watching. God’s love runs over into the hearts and lives of other people. It never stays in one place.
Will you take the time to love on Him this Summer? Wherever you are, in the midst of a busy schedule or taking some much needed time out, I want to encourage you to get in the love of God. Praying. Listening. Memorizing Scripture. Reading the Psalms and Proverbs with your family. What are you going to do to make this time of year refreshing? I’d like to hear your thoughts. Whatever you do, it’s worth it. Because there’s no other love like Jesus!