At the end of the day, the pur­suit of the di­vine is sup­posed to of­fer up wis­dom and, prac­ti­cal­ly speak­ing, teach you how to live life bet­ter. But for me, the sa­cred scrip­tures are songs; not that I lis­ten to them look­ing for life lesson­s, but some­times they’re there any­way. It’ll Shine When It Shines is by the Ozark Moun­tain Dare­dev­ils, and it’s up-front about its mes­sage; one that I feel good about pass­ing along.

It’ll Shine When It Shines

Let’s hand the mike over the Dare­dev­ils for a mo­men­t:

Seems like ev­ery­one is out look­ing for the sun
singing rain and pain on he who hes­i­tates.
But it'll shine when it shines
you might think I’m wast­ing time
but I’m just a good old boy who’s learned to wait.

That’s the cho­rus, and there are a bunch of vers­es in be­tween, talk­ing about life and nev­er ac­tu­al­ly say­ing Be here now; they don’t need to, it’s hid­ing be­tween the lines and be­tween the word­s.

Oh, and it’s a beau­ti­ful soft melody, beau­ti­ful­ly sung by re­laxed male voic­es in a gen­tle rich har­mony. I can’t ev­er lis­ten to it with­out smil­ing. Me, I’m as guilty as any­one of over­fill­ing the space life of­fers but, all these decades in, I’m most­ly learned not to fret while I’m wait­ing for that which must be await­ed. It’s very help­ful.

While you’re wait­ing for the sun, you can al­ways lis­ten to a song, or write one, or write a com­put­er pro­gram, or maybe just tell oth­er peo­ple about a good song.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Spo­ti­fy, iTunes, Ama­zon. And here are the Dare­dev­ils, singing it live.

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