Before Toby was born, we felt God say that he would grow up to be musical and would lead worship one day. We imagined him learning to play the guitar and singing in Church and maybe he will one day.
I was thinking about this the other morning and realised that he already does. Toby is non-verbal and so he doesn’t speak (or sing) at the moment but who says you need to use words to worship God?
Toby loves music and often blasts out children’s worship songs from his iPad some favourites include; I like to jump and one..two..three by Yancy, Our God is a great big God and I could sing of your love forever.
At school they have a collective worship time at the end of the day and they often use YouTube videos to do this. Not long after he started he teacher told me that Toby loves this time and gets very excited (jumping and flapping in front of the whiteboard at some of the songs) and thought that he recognised some of the songs from Church. Since then we have been able to find some of the videos on YouTube to watch at home which he loves.
Who says leading worship needs to be standing on a stage and singing with lots of people? Toby leads worship in his classroom with his disabled peers by jumping and flapping and getting excited. It doesn’t look like how I imagined it would but that doesn’t matter and in God’s eyes neither is more important than the other!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways ,” declares the Lord.“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.