This weekend, I served as a music judge of young voices, as hundreds of them tried out for the Middle School All-Region Choir.

Voices were quivering, hands were shaking, and stomachs were spilling over with queasiness and nausea! 

For the first-timers, auditioning for a spot in the esteemed All-Region Choir caused their nerves to do absurd somersaults inside of them with no mercy!

The process went something like this — the monitor escorted him to his spot behind the music stand inside the room. Then he had to bide his time while the monitor read his audition number to the judges, which he couldn’t see behind the curtain that was in front of him.

 Then, voila!, the monitor disappeared. And suddenly the student felt all alone in that “big, big” room, as his heart pounded in his chest! The music began, and the judges listened with pencils in hand.

Isn’t that the way life is sometime?! We’re under-pressure, our insides are going nuts within us; and, all the while, we’re suppose to look poised and “together” on the outside.

Ahhh…then God whispers, Come to me, Child. I’ll give you rest. Trust me. (Mt 11:28)

Here’s how the Amplified Bible breaks it down:   28Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]