Such a great song to get you going first thing in the morning.
That and coffee.
That song made me think of being young and what if I looked in the mirror as I was getting dressed and I was actually 8 years old again listening to the song on my blue jeans record player in my pink gingham wallpapered room?
Part of that was true--we were listening to it on my blue jeans record player that is now McDaniel's.
But I am very much NOT 8 years old.
I have the forehead wrinkles
and gray hair to prove it.
But still, it got me thinking.
Would I even WANT to be 8 years old again??
Assuming the powers of Hollywood were possible like in the movie "Freaky Friday".
Maybe for like a second.
To have my parents and siblings under one roof again.
To hug my grandparents again.
To go through one more holiday season with the wide-eyed excitement and careless abandon of a kid who has to buy no one anything.
The innocence of no responsibility or cares
other than brushing my teeth before bed,
saying please and thank you
and dreaming of being an Olympic Ice Skater.
(I had the Dorothy Hamill hairdo already.)
But then there would be no Monte.
But the cool thing is,
when I was jamming to Captain & Tennille's "Shop Around",
when it was new and popular,
in my pink gingham wallpapered room,
God already imagined all of those people for me.
He already saw me then as I am right now.
He knew where every wrinkled line
would appear on my forehead.
He knew not only the number of hairs on my head
but exactly which ones would start going gray.
He knew that being an Olympic ice skater was not the true desire of my heart.
(or that the Dorothy Hamill hairdo was the most flattering for my face.)
Can I just take a second to ponder that?
If all that is hard to imagine:
He sees me right now as what
I still am yet to become.
Doesn't that just blow your mind?
Makes me want to hop out of bed in the morning so I can get on with the business of becoming that person.
Makes me want to get on my knees and pray
I don't blow God's plan for me
with MY plan for me.
Has anyone else gotten a spiritual lesson
from listening to Captain & Tennille's "Shop Around"?