The Brown Note

Lord, my allotted portion and my cup, you have made my destiny secure.  Psalm 16:5

As I looked at my weather app, I found out a thunderstorm was coming.  The background showed dark clouds and lightning flashed across the screen.

I was bummed.

I was planning to see the concert with my sister.  It was the “Joyful Noise” Praise and Worship concert sponsored by 98.5 KTIS.  I wanted to go there to bond with my sister as well as to get some stress relief from work.  My sister also wanted to go because she wanted her son to be closer to God through music.

I remember talking to God that morning and saying, “C’mon God.  Please give me a break.”

I knew thousands of people would be praying for the storm to be moved.  But the weather report seemed to indicate otherwise.  It was a 70-80% chance of rain.  I doubted the weather would change.

Anyway, despite the warning of severe thunderstorm, I made up my mind to go. My husband bought a full rain gear attire for me which included a coat and waterproof pants.  My sister got me boots.

My sister, nephew and I arrived at 6:00 pm … and lo and behold –  no rain!

The sky was blue and there were a few white fluffy clouds present.

And so we enjoyed the music of Josh Wilson, Francesca Battistelli and the Newsboys.  Around 10 pm we were back in our car on our way home.  And it was only then that a few drops of rain fell.

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I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands… – Casting Crowns

Have you ever had a storm in your life?

Are there persons or circumstances that are currently robbing you…

Of your dreams?

Of your dignity?

Of your destiny?

Have you ever noticed sometimes when you’re drawing closer to God, challenges and trials get in the way?

You’re not alone.

Right now, I’m in that boat.  And it’s not easy …

Keep me safe, O God; in you I take refuge.  Psalm 16:1

Have you ever heard of the brown note? 

I heard this term from my husband.  The brown note is a hypothetical infrasonic frequency that causes humans to poop in their pants due to the resonance.  (The brown color taken from the color of poop.)

This is still not proven … but what if there was such a thing in the past?

What if when the Israelite singers and the minstrels were confidently singing praise and worship songs that their enemies literally pooped in their pants?

Ambushing The Evil One with Song

Anything that robs you of your happiness is not from God.

And when you’re down and depressed, when you feel tired, when you feel hopeless, when you’re in doubt about your future, remember the great thing God has done to Jehoshaphat…

After taking counsel with the people, he appointed some to sing to the LORD and some to praise the holy Splendor as it went forth at the head of the army. They sang: “Give thanks to the LORD, whose love endures forever.”  At the moment they began their jubilant praise, the LORD laid an ambush against the Ammonites, Moabites, and those of Mount Seir who were coming against Judah, so that they were defeated.  For the Ammonites and Moabites set upon the inhabitants of Mount Seir and exterminated them according to the ban.  And when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, each helped to destroy the other.   2 Chronicles 20:21-23

1 Week Later…

A week after the Joyful Noise concert, my sister overhead this story of her son in school.

There was a cup of water near the sink.  My nephew saw it, dipped his fingers and said,

“In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Mighty Man, Amen.”

My sister wanted her son to go to the concert to be closer to God.  And this was the first time he did the sign of the cross.

And isn’t this every mother’s dream?  To have their children grow up in the fear of the Lord.  To have their future secure.  To have God as their inheritance.

He got into a boat and his disciples followed him.  Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep.  They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”  Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.  Matthew 8:23-26

Calming the storm was one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels.

When we went to the concert, I was astounded there was no rain.  The thousands of prayers that went up to heaven were answered.  Everyone was dry at the concert.

To me, it was a miracle.

He can do the same thing to the storms in our lives.

Do you need a miracle?  All we need to do is lift up our hands in praise and worship to God.

And claim God’s goodness towards our children.

And sings songs of thanksgiving for He has made our destiny secure.

And sing songs of victory for the Battle is the Lord’s.

And the Battle has already been won.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

The Newsboys
The Newsboys

>>Reflection was based on this Sunday’s readings.<<<

Photo courtesy of Ambro at freedigitalphotos.net
Photo courtesy of Ambro at freedigitalphotos.net
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30 thoughts on “The Brown Note

  1. God is always with us. There are too many storms that have already passed and I’m sure that there will be a sunshine afterwards. I thought God both allows us to experience both the good and bad so we can learn lessons and appreciate life better.

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  2. Storms are part of our lives. We experience it every now and then. But Jesus has calmed a storm. And He does. Now, (it’s actually raining outside), I’m experiencing sunshine. Thanks to Him. 🙂 -Claire Algarme

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  3. In what country was this concert held? Outdoor concerts are really prone to the elements. I had attended outdoor concerts where it rained, like Gloria Estefan and Phil Collins. Your blessed that the Lord heard your prayer to spare your concert from the storm. – Fred

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    1. Hi Fred! This was held in Blaine, MN, USA. I kinda feel ashamed I doubted he would move the storm but he did…for me and for the thousands who were there. Praise God. 🙂

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  4. I think there’s a reason for everything even the storms. Sometimes, it’s just a test of will and also a chance to appreciate sunshine. Our collective prayers can really do a lot.

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    1. Thank you, Franc! I totally agree. I continue to pray that God will give us the strength to withstand any storm in our lives. I’ve also seen the miracles that have happened through collective prayers. So I’ve learned in the past to ask prayers from family members and friends in community. Prayers work. =)

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  5. How symbolic. Sometimes we have no choice but to face the storm that’s coming ahead and when we find that our faith is stronger than whatever storm, once we get there, we’ll realize that we’re so much better and that we should not have been afraid in the first place.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! It was a strong and timely lesson from God to me. I hope that people who are in any storm in their lives would also discover that God is more powerful than any trials we may have. =)

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    1. Thank you, Sunshine Kelly! I feel that what is happening in my life right now is a wake up call from God. It has been a humbling experience. And I have drawn myself and my family closer to Him. Because if He is for us, who can be against us? =)

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  6. this so much amazing! it just brings so much joy in my heart that i was able to read your article.. when it’s about God, I just can’t help but be overly amazed.. 🙂

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  7. To be able to experience trials is God’s way of saying that you are alive and that you need to go through each trial in your life for us to learn and to be strong. So whatever we are going through, we should be positive and always seek God’s guidance.

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    1. Thank you, Zwitsy, for your encouraging words! Sometimes I find it hard to stay positive when circumstances are difficult. What really helps my faith, my emotion and my outlook is listening to songs of Praise and Worship. Music has power. =)

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