I want to share a song that I recently discovered on Instagram. It was just a clip, but the clip alone sparked my interest so I had to find the whole video. The song is by Todd Dulaney and it’s called Your Great Name. The song itself has such a fun vibe and the audience in the video was definitely feeling the power of the Holy Spirit.
I’m a sucker for simplicity. The lyrics to the song were simple but held so much weight. Just by watching the video you can see just how affected and tuned in the audience is to the song. The atmosphere of the video was beautiful.
I remember one day I was having a tough day with the class I was working in: some kids were just not listening, others were having trouble expressing their emotions with their words. Looking back, maybe I was the only teacher who was feeling stressed. I think we had a total of fourteen one-year-olds and there were three teachers working, but I was still feeling tense. Needless to say, I was more than ready to go on my lunch break. So finally that times come and I nearly sprint out the door to clock out. As soon as I took a seat on the couch in our break room, I exhaled and it felt like I had been holding my breath all day; I'd only felt like that a few times while working at this daycare. Because I was feeling so stressed, I did the only thing I knew would help me feel better. I prayed.
However instead of praying and asking for the kids to behave better, I simply asked for God to give me and the other two teachers peace for the rest of the day. Kids are going to be kids no matter what and I couldn't be mad at that. I felt like gaining a new perspective would make a difference in my attitude for the remainder of my shift. And boy was I right. Praying always gets me through, but the icing on the cake? Listening to the gospel. I remembered the snippet of the song I mentioned earlier, Your Great Name and since I was alone in the break room, I plugged in my earbuds and found the full-length video on Youtube. Game. Changer.
The song begins by simply saying "we love to call your name. It's something we cannot explain." Have you ever found yourself in a situation, much like my stressful day, where you feel like you're stretched thin? You feel completely spent and wish the day would end. But then you call that Holy name and you get a warmth that only He can provide. Simply saying His name tells Him everything that you need. His name alone is an unspoken prayer.
God tells us in Psalm 50:15, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble: I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me." God already knows your needs! There are 1,440 minutes in one day, and God is watching you every one of those minutes and every step of the way. He even already knows what you’ll ask for when you do pray, but He wants you to still ask. He wants conversation with you! His ears are always ready and He is always ready to bless you.
At the and of my lunch break, my heart felt full and every ounce of tension my body was holding was released. The headache that had formed had eased up and I was ready to head back to work. All because I surrendered to God. Sometimes we think we can handle things by ourselves when God is trying to tell us that He is in control. But don’t feel bad, I do it as well. I know that if I hadn’t set aside time to pray for myself, I would have gone back to work in an unpleasant mood for the rest of the day and nobody would have had any fun. But I felt like a brand new person! I was ready to take the kids outside, blow some bubbles, and read their favorite stories.
Come to find out, three kids had gone home within the hour that I was gone, so it worked out in the end.
I encourage you to reach out to God when you’re at your wit’s end. Breathe and know God will handle everything.