The Song that Silenced the Cappuccino Machine

  It was chilly in Manhattan, but warm inside the Starbucks shop on 51st Street and Broadway, just a skip up from Times Square . Early November weather in New York City holds only the slightest hint of the bitter chill of late December and January, but it’s enough to send the masses crowding indoors to vie for available space and warmth.

For a musician, it’s the most lucrative Starbucks location in the world, I’m told, and consequently, the tips can be substantial if you play your tunes right.

Apparently, we were striking all the right chords that night, because our basket was almost overflowing. It was a fun, low-pressure gig – I was playing keyboard and singing backup for my friend who also added rhythm with an arsenal of percussion instruments. We mostly did pop songs from the ’40s to the ’90s with a few original tunes thrown in. During our emotional rendition of the classic, “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” I noticed a lady sitting in one of the lounge chairs across from me. She was swaying to the beat and singing along.

 After the tune was over, she approached me.. “I apologize for singing along on that song. Did it bother you?” she asked. 

No,” I replied. “We love it when the audience joins in. Would you like to sing up front on the next selection?” To my delight, she accepted my invitation. “You choose,” I said. “What are you in the mood to sing?”

 

“Well. … do you know any hymns?” Hymns? This woman didn’t know who she was dealing with. I cut my teeth on hymns. Before I was even born, I was going to church. I gave our guest singer a knowing look. “Name one.”

 

“Oh, I don’t know. There are so many good ones. You pick one.”

 

“Okay,” I replied. “How about ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’?”

 

My new friend was silent, her eyes averted. Then she fixed her eyes on mine again and said, “Yeah. Let’s do that one.” She slowly nodded her head, put down her purse, straightened her jacket and faced the center of the shop.

With my two-bar setup, she began to sing,

 

  “Why should I be discouraged? Why should the shadows come?”

The audience of coffee drinkers was transfixed. Even the gurgling noises of the cappuccino machine ceased as the employees stopped what they were doing to listen. The song rose to its conclusion.  

But the ovation continued.. I embraced my new friend. “You, my dear, have made my whole year! That was beautiful!”

 “Well, it’s funny that you picked that particular hymn,” she said.

“Why is that?”

“Well …” she hesitated again, “that was my daughter’s favourite song.”

“Really!” I exclaimed.

“Yes,” she said, and then grabbed my hands. By this time, the applause had subsided and it was business as usual.. “She was 16. She died of a brain tumour last week.”

I said the first thing that found its way through my stunned silence. “Are you going to be okay?”

She smiled through tear-filled eyes and squeezed my hands. “I’m gonna be okay. I’ve just got to keep trusting the Lord and singing his songs, and everything’s gonna be just fine.” She picked up her bag, gave me her card, and then she was gone..

 Was it just a coincidence that we happened to be singing in that particular coffee shop on that particular November night? Coincidence that this wonderful lady just happened to walk into that particular shop? Coincidence that of all the hymns to choose from, I just happened to pick the very hymn that was the favourite of her daughter, who had died just the week before? I refuse to believe it.

God has been arranging encounters in human history since the beginning of time, and it’s no stretch for me to imagine that He could reach into a coffee shop in midtown Manhattan and turn an ordinary gig into a revival. It was a great reminder that if we keep trusting Him and singing His songs, everything’s gonna be okay.

 God’s Music in the Key of Love touches our innermost Heart…

in a way that no other music can. 

Next time you feel like GOD can’t use YOU, just remember…

God will always equip and empower us for the work He is prepared for us to do if we ask Him… we aren’t the message, we are the messenger.

God’s Love Is Not Dependent On the Internet…but He Created it and He uses it! 

Music- His eye is on the Sparrow
Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for Heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Refrain:
I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

 Civilla D.Martin,1904

Click Link for Confirmation of this True Story http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/starbuckssparrow.htm

Posted for Yen-Yen –   http://chikawithyeneyes.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/this-is-the-way-i-introduced-my-self-to-you-my-readers/

 

About Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus

Hi I’m a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, my name is Anne. I live in Queensland Australia, I’m very much a People person believing we are all people of worth and unique, so I have much Joy in sharing with people personally and over the Internet. My main focus in life is my wonderful Friendship with Jesus Christ, without Him everything else would be meaningless, I have deep heartfelt thanks and appreciation that I'm a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and I seek to share with others how truly wonderful that is with the hope they too will realize the same and be set free.
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7 Responses to The Song that Silenced the Cappuccino Machine

  1. Pingback: Thank You My Blogging Friends for Comments not easily forgotten. « Freedomborn

  2. Wonderful, Annie! What a marvelous story of God’s love for His children! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  3. Velta Maes says:

    God is still at work in our midst.

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi Gramma Velta, as you can see still no picture but your comment is 100% True and those who say different do not know God. How wonderful that He tells us we are of great value, we are not junk.

      Luke 12:7- 8 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:

      Love and hugs Anne

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  4. robinb333 says:

    How great is our God!!!!!! Sing with me!!!! How great is our God!!!! What a beautiful post!!! Thank you dear Anne for sharing…..Outstanding!!! Lot’s of Christian Love…..Robin

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    • Freedomborn says:

      How great indeed is our God and how great is His Love and Compassion His Melody in our heart rings True when words cannot express the Greatness of His Goodliness, how wonderful to know Him in Eternity, can we ever repress the Joy that now overflows within our hearts that was with us from the start.

      Thank you Robin for your encouragement and for your loyal friendship which we have in The Lord, I will be over for a cuppa soon and as promised will post the forgiveness reminder, I hope today for you.

      Christian Love Anne.

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