Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A "I can't believe what just happened" moment, part 2

In a previous blog, I discussed a certain situation where if I hadn't experienced it personally, I'm not sure I would have believed it.

Today, I had another one of those moments.

At my place of employment, we were wrapping up for the day. I was talking with one of my co-workers about religion. She's Catholic and I'm a Mormon. It was a very nice conversation. She was curious about what I believed in and what made it different from other religions. I explained some of the basic beliefs as we walked around the building, closing things up for the night.

We got to an area that requires two people to close, but we couldn’t do so until a certain time. I pulled my smart phone out of my pocket (I don't wear a watch) to see if it was time. We had to wait a couple of minutes. As we stood there, I explained to her that in the end, my faith doesn't come from what I know as much as what I feel. I can deny things I read or what people tell me, but I can't deny what I feel. And sometimes that feeling tells me what I'm reading is true, or what I'm hearing is God's word.

As I was basically bearing my testimony to her, we started to hear angelic music. At first I thought it was muzak piped through the building, but the sound was much closer and it wasn't the type of music that we normally heard.

She asked me, "Do you hear that music?" I said I did, and asked her if it was her cell phone, because mine didn't have a ringtone like that, plus, mine vibrates when it rings and I would have felt it. She said her phone was at her desk.

We looked at each other for a moment, not sure what was going on.

As my ears tried to pinpoint where the sound was coming from, I thought to check my phone which I had put back into my pocket. On the display was the internet radio app Pandora, and the song it was playing was a Christmas song from Amy Grant I'd not heard before. (Pandora has different "stations" you create by picking certain types of music or artist, and it was playing the Christmas station I had created.)

"You did that on purpose!" she accused, laughing slightly. I told her I hadn't. Sometimes if I don't turn off my phone just right, it will randomly activate an app. Before then, it had never started the Pandora app. Even stranger is that is started my Christmas station.

She said how it was a big coincidence that here we were talking about God, and all of a sudden my phone decides to play angelic music. I told her I didn't believe it was a coincidence--I told her that when I heard the music, I felt peace and comfort.

And those feelings were things I could not deny.    


  1. I wish my feelings lined up 100% with what a church--any church--taught. Life would be so much easier.

  2. Heya Dan, thanks for the comment. Here's the thing: I'm not saying my feelings line up 100%. There are a lot of questions I have. However, I realize as I get older, I get those answers in time. It's very much line up line. As I like to think of it, I need to know what numbers are before I can do addition and multiplication. I need to know those in order to do Algebra. I need to know Algebra before I can learn Calculus. Just because I don't know how to do Calculus now, doesn't mean I'll never know it. But I do know my numbers and how to add. :)

  3. What if you feel that some of those numbers are letters and they are backwards? What if that's all you're worried about and not the Algebra? LOL!