This morning I opened the Daily Word, and the message for today? “Answer the Call”. Reading the article, I was reminded of a song I wrote 20 years ago. I was in the midst of recording my first “secular” album in 1998 (I had released “Contemporary Christian” music only up till that point — long story short, I was kicked out of my church when I came out as lesbian; doing more christian music was not a viable career option at that point). It was a big time of transition for sure. I don’t remember how it came about, but I was invited by the University of Hawaii marketing team to write a song for an upcoming ad campaign to promote the Community Colleges. No specific theme provided, they just wanted something “inspirational”. Since I was in the midst of BIG changes in my life, and also ‘answering the call’ to move in a whole new direction personally and musically, that idea itself seemed a good place to start. I wrote “Answer to a Call”.
In today’s DW, I read: “…I listen to the divine whispers of my heart. If I hear any doubt, I open to guidance. I honor any feelings of divine discontent, for these may be the driving factor that urges me forward and gives me the courage to step out in faith. I let go of any doubt or fear. I let go of any thought of limitation or unworthiness. I trust. I know that as I answer the call of my heart, all is in divine order.”
This was SO TRUE for me at a critical time in my life. I really was stepping out in faith, letting go of doubt and fear on a moment-to-moment basis. I am so grateful to have listened to the ‘divine whispers of my heart’. That the song resonated, that “Every Dream is a Possibility” became and UH award-winning Ad Campaign, that the “Slender Line of Lavender” album went on to receive a Hawaii Music Award that year — well, that was icing on the cake. The cake itself? The exhilarating experience of answering the call (even if I was unsure what it was all gonna look like, where it was all leading). My friends, as you listen to the divine whispers of your heart, what do you hear? Breathe. May you trust. May you know you are limitless and worthy. May you answer the call. YOU ARE AN ANSWER to a call. YOU GOT THIS.