At a family gathering recently, some of us were watching various funny and cute videos on YouTube. It all started when my two granddaughters said they wanted to do the “Chicken Dance,” and they recalled a clip from the Lawrence Welk show we had played for them a couple years earlier. One video led to the next, until my daughter-in-law suggested we search for “baby sings Elvis.”
The 5 minute clip is of a 20 month-old baby, Ella, sitting in her car seat as her daddy drives. The dad must have suspected what would happen because he had mounted a video camera in the car pointed directly at the little girl. She obviously adores her daddy because initially she calls out “Daddy!” over and over as they begin their ride. But when the dad cues up Elvis singing “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah” on the car’s audio system, Ella passionately sings along, even pounding her hand and swinging her head back and forth at key parts during the song. She has become very familiar with the song that her daddy must have played numerous times in her hearing. Ella loves what her daddy loves. You must watch the video linked here to fully appreciate how precious it is!
The great Christian philosopher and theologian, Jonathan Edwards, illustrated the Christian life as a journey toward heaven, and he likened our spiritual formation to learning a song. At first, the tune and the words to a new song are unfamiliar to us, but as we hear it and sing it over and over it embeds itself in our consciousness. Soon the song is very familiar, and we can anticipate our favorite parts as we sing. So it is with our Christian walk as we grow in the life of the Spirit. Our hearts become tuned to the ways of God, and we look forward to Heaven where the music concert will be full-blown as we see the great Composer face-to-face.
Paul gives us this encouragement in the book of Colossians:
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
(Colossians 3:1-4, ESV)
We can set our minds on things above by allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts and lives until our Father’s ways become familiar to us. We learn to love what our “Daddy” loves, and we sing along as we ride with Him toward our ultimate destination.