I grew up in a pastor’s home and learned early in life that it’s good to have a few songs ready to sing at any given moment – especially when we went to my grandparents’ church. Thank goodness Bill and Gloria Gaither had created little 45 vinyl records with kids songs – there were voices and music on one side and accompaniment-only on the other side.
The records were tucked into books with all the lyrics and illustrations that are still ingrained in my memory. I would sing those songs to the church people from on top of a wooden box that made me tall enough to peep over the wooden pulpit.
My favorite song was “I Guess God Thought of Everything,” and my favorite verse said:
My eyes can see the diamonds when moonlight’s on the snow,
My ears can hear the birds sing; the friendly rooster crow
My nose can smell the spices of cookies in a row
I guess God thought of everything.
The imagery is simple, but was so powerful to my young mind and heart, and reminded me often that God created each detail of me intentionally so I could find pleasure in His creation and fulfill a special role in this world. This song, in addition to songs like, “I’m Something Special,” It’s A Miracle,” and “I Am A Promise” had a surprisingly strong influence in how I perceived myself and my Creator.
Even through the awkward junior high years, when I was overwhelmed with everything I didn’t like about myself, there was an underlying foundation of belief way down deep that God hadn’t thrown me together willy-nilly only to let me flounder without a purpose or any redeeming qualities. I was created by design. I especially needed to know that then. Those songs were so foundational in my development! My folks reinforced those messages every single day. But who really believes their parents at that age?! And I can’t imagine my life without having had those important messages ingrained in my heart.
Now fast-forward 25 years after I started singing those songs (okay 35+ years, but who’s counting?!). I still believe every word of those songs. Also? I happen work for the creators of those songs (because God did, in fact, think of EVERYTHING) and they have continued to influence me in countless ways. So hopefully I can use what I am learning from them to make a difference in other lives.
Every now and then I worry for kids who have only Disney Channel role models (most of whom are more “model” than “role model”). The songs so many of tomorrow’s leaders are memorizing never once speak to their incredible value and potential… and never attempt to explain that they were knit together perfectly for eternal purposes!
I’m not a Disney hater – my kids can sing along to some of those songs with the best of them. But I just wanted to put out a reminder to everyone out there, in case you haven’t had the privilege of hearing it lately… God created every single fiber of you with intention and skill. He did a really wonderful job. And whether or not you realize it, your life holds incredible potential (regardless of your current age). You lack nothing you need to fulfill His very best plan for you. He has thought of everything!