McDowell Technical Community College

Marlene’s Meditations

Singing God’s Tune

by Marlene Houk

Burke County

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.


Hop in your car, turn onto Interstate 40 East from somewhere in western North Carolina, and travel for about 22 hours. You will arrive at Tijeras, New Mexico. Exit onto Route 66 (eastbound-very important), and you will encounter the #1 Trip Advisor recommendation for this otherwise desolate and sparsely inhabited town.

Tijeras’ arid climate contrasts our lush mountains that ring with the melody of the divine in its rippling waterfalls. Another intriguing difference is a must-see attraction when traveling to that area. Between mile markers four and five on this stretch of historical Route 66 in New Mexico, there is a different kind of song than the cascading waterfalls of our state. It is called the Singing Road. And we Americans can easily identify the tune! Engineers designed this quarter-mile stretch by placing rumble strips at exact distances to match the vibrations of the notes in “America the Beautiful.” But the tune can only be heard when driving over the rumble strips at exactly 45 miles per hour!

Did you hear the precise requirements that a visitor must follow to hear the Singing Road?

  • This singing road is in a certain location, and visitors must travel there to experience the delight of this unusual attraction.
  • An exact speed of 45 miles per hour produces results, no more, no less.
  • One must produce the right action (drive on the rumble strips) to hear the song.
  • The song is easily recognized and is a specific tune.
  • Some visitors drove over it several times before they heard it or repeated the action just for fun.

Just as we can enjoy the music of the Singing Road when we follow the guidelines, so in life, we must follow God’s cues to hear His magnificent song. Filled with lyrics composed just for us, the exquisite melodies refresh our souls.

  • The Singing Road is in a certain location: Likewise, we need to follow as God leads us to the specific places of still waters and green pastures where He feeds us and gives us strength to follow Him.
  • We need to travel at the right speed. If we rush through the day without praising Him, praying to Him, and fulfilling His will for our lives, we can’t hear the magnificent notes of His dazzling song. Like Martha, when Jesus told her she was “…troubled about many things.” (Luke 10:41), we need to slow down to God’s speed. Rather than rush frantically into the busy barrenness of the day, we should allow the strains of His love to hold our hearts.
  • We need to choose the right actions (driving over the rumble strips.) When we choose to act and allow our feelings to follow, we can be in tune with His song for us. Like David, when spurned by Nabal, we need to overcome our anger and focus on claiming our rightful title as heirs to the kingdom. (1 Samuel 25:33).
  • God has a specific song for each of our lives. Some contain more sorrowful, minor notes while others ring throughout the halls of Christendom with booming voices full of leadership and biblical truth. Still others flow joyfully through life, encouraging the bride of Christ and humming in our souls constantly.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

  • Some of the Trip Advisor reviewers drove over the rumble strips several times before they heard the song. Likewise, for some, it seems to take a lifetime of driving over the rumble strips of God’s song before we can hear the tune. We tilt our heads, listening carefully, finally hearing the notes from His heart, and our spirits join in the tune.

We can identify with little Samuel (I Samuel chapter 1) when he mistook God’s voice for Eli’s three times. Or perhaps we love the experience of driving over and over the rumble strips of His melody for us, thrilling to the rhythm.

When we listen for God’s singing, He gently croons His unique composition, a lullaby intended for our wounded souls. And the tune becomes a top attraction for life’s journey.

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. – Burthold Auerbach

Do you hear the music of the holy in your life? It can wash away the debris of life and refresh and cleanse. Can you imagine singing along with the Lover of your soul? Sing now!