Have you ever heard someone say, "That gives me good vibrations"? Have you ever considered that life, all of life, is designed to move and vibrate according to a certain frequency?
After all, music is like that. So also is electricity, sound waves and radio and TV. The very chairs we sit on, the tables we work at, the pencils we hold, the telephones we speak through, all of them are seething movements of molecules, energy in motion.
Everything is moving, vibrating, according to the created principle of the creator. What if my life is out of sequence? What if my sins have changed the harmonies? What if I am making a discord in God's amazing symphony?
Once upon a time, there was a sheep-herder who wrote to a New York radio station. He explained that he lived a simple life in the country, with only his dog and sheep for companions.
"I got my greatest pleasure from my radio and my violin," he wrote. "But recently my violin has become badly out of tune. Would it be possible for someone there to strike the note 'A' on the piano so that I could hear it on my radio and tune my violin by it?"
The disc jockey read the letter to his audience and announced that the program would be delayed for a few moments so that he could strike the note "A" on the piano for the man to tune his violin.
What happens when I get out of tune with my creator? Then I need to "be still" and wait for that someone to pluck the strings of my heart, and put me back in tune again.
My church (or synagogue) provides worship for me this week. I need that! I need the good vibrations of the savior to start me moving right again. My life tends to get discordant, angry, out of shape, moving in the wrong direction.
Study of the Scriptures, faithful attendance in worship, more time in prayer, and a new tuning of the strings of my heart puts me in sync with eternal love, and the frequencies of the master.
The Psalmist was right ... "the ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away."
"The Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish." (Psalm 1:6)
It's just a matter of logic: Goodness works ... evil does no. Vibrate in tune, or rattle away into oblivion!
Francis Guither, a pastor for 46 years, is the author of seven books. Guither is retired and lives in Quincy at Good Samaritan Home with his wife, Katharine. His most recent church was Carthage United Methodist.