God cares about the things you care about. This is a small story about how perseverance and faith helped me find a song after 18 years.
When I was a teenager my youth group went to a small youth conference. I don’t remember much about the event other than the band. They had a Christian rock band called Circadian Rhythm providing musical entertainment and worship. I thought they were pretty good.
That night, Circadian Rhythm played a cover of U2’s “Gloria”, and I instantly wanted to buy their album at the merch table. “Gloria” has been my favorite U2 song since I discovered the band by sneaking into my brother’s room and listen to his October record. So, hearing one of my favorite songs covered by this obscure Christian band at a random youth event was amazing. I thought their cover was just as good, if not better than the Irish rockers (Sorry, Bono).
I remember listening to Circadian Rhythm’s album, Over Under Everything, over and over again. More specifically, I listened to “Gloria” over and over again. Then I moved away and I forgot Circadian Rhythm at home.
Perseverance & Faith
18 years passed and I no longer had a copy of the Circadian Rhythm album. But through the years, their version of “Gloria” always stuck with me. I tried to find the album online. When I failed, I prayed a simple prayer, “God, I want to find that album again.” Alas, all I found were bad covers on YouTube or the occasional forum post about Circadian Rhythm with no real information. Every few years I would search again with the same results.
However, when I prayed, I applied faith to my perseverance. In the fall of 2019, God came through. I found it! It took some Google-fu, but I finally found Under Over Everything by Circadian Rhythm for sale! I bought it right away and when it arrived the very first thing I did was listen to their cover of Gloria.
Seeds & Water
God loves us. He loves the things we care about. He doesn’t want us to worry about things, but to lay those needs upon Him. 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) says: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” It was just some song from 18 years ago, but I wanted to find it. When I prayed, the seed of faith was planted. Philippians 4:6 says: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”
But, I needed more than faith, I needed perseverance. Not giving up, I searched the internet anytime I thought of Circadian Rhythm. I had to do my part. Perseverance is the water on the seeds of faith. If you pray about something small, don’t just end things there, do your part and apply faith. After all, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26 NKJV).
Perseverance mixed with faith is a powerful combination. Faith is the seed and perseverance is the water, you need both to grow something. When you have faith in God, faith in prayer, or faith in the Word, add perseverance, and let your faith grow. It may seem silly, but when you need something, even if it’s something small, plant a seed of faith and do your part. God will come through for you. Your perseverance and faith will combine and God will move.
By the way, I totally listened to Circadian Rhythm while writing this.