Today’s reading – Acts 16:16-24
It’s late and you are tired. You had a hard day and you would rather forget about it. You feel like you have been beaten and the world has you bound in shackles in prison. You just lost your job. You are a prisoner to your own pain. You have a physical disease, a mountain of debt, an addiction and one step forward feels impossible. You just need some sleep, everything is blurry. You are a prisoner of your own sin, your own doing. Worse, you are a prisoner because of what someone else has gruesomely done to you. It’s not fair and you wonder inside if anyone cares. It is all finally coming to a head, something has to give.
“and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened…” Acts 16:26
Then out of nowhere comes this urge. It’s unlike any impulse you have ever had. It resonates deep within you. It is a song from long ago your mother and father used to sing. A song that you had once forgotten and you somehow recall all the words as if you have sung this song every day since the pain first began. It is a song with a reminder that someone loves you. A song that speaks of something you haven’t lived in a lifetime.
It is not normal to sing at midnight. It is quiet where you are. People are sleeping, but you have to let this song out of you and activate your vocal chords. Your faith is too fragile to remain silent. At first it is a slight hum, then a little louder and louder…then out of nowhere you break forth into song.
It heals, it refreshes, it soothes, it stirs, it wells up from deep within and emotions pour out. You recall, you repent, and then somehow you regain trust in your Jesus. It is your greatest moment of worship and you realize an earthquake just happened. You are in rubble but no stronghold is left, no worldly monuments left standing. The prison door is wide open. Your heart is open. No addiction has you. No words from the past bind you, your bond has been unfastened, the church is free.
Isn’t it time this happens to you…us?
Sing at midnight…You never know when God is about to pull off a miracle, our job is to keep singing.
Josh Conn is the founding pastor of 217church, a contemporary church in Mercer County NJ. 217church meets Sundays at 9:30am & 11:00am at Sharon Elementary school in Robbinsville, NJ. Visit www.217church.com for more information, or watch a weekend message here.