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Worship Leader Life: Let God Do the Worrying

So I've never thought of myself as an author, but I'd had an idea for a book a few years ago, and did attempt to write a few chapters (at a really slow snail's pace over the course of a few years). It took me so long, mostly because each chapter took its toll on my heart as I processed through all the heavy feelings associated with it, but partially because I doubted myself - doubted that I could was a "writer" or that it was really a "book." Funny thing is, while I was attempting to "write my book," it seems someone else was writing theirs more quickly....and it was basically the same book I was attempting to write. LOL.

 

It hit me today that this year marks 25 years of me officially leading worship in churches, and along with that thought, I felt like the Lord prompted me to start writing a new book. I feel like He encouraged me that things I wrote for the other book are not all a loss, but that they have actually prepared me for writing this one. Isn't it crazy how God does that? How he can take our winding, messy roads, and lead us to somewhere purposeful that He has woven together for something so, so good?

 

I feel like my whole life I have lived the Worship Leader Life. I was born a leader. "A little bossy" is what my kindergarten report card said (hahaha), but I was always a bit of a pied piper, from the very beginning. I recall mom asking me to "use my indoor voice" - or something to that effect - because I always had a set of pipes on me, and I was always making up songs in the back seat.

 

We have a tape-recorder recording from when I was in 2nd grade or so, of the first song my dad and I ever wrote together. My dad had taken me to the church with him one day, and while he was working in his office, he had turned on the sound system for me in the sanctuary, and allowed me to talk & sing into the microphone (or maybe I was just pretending and it wasn't actually on, but in my memory, it was totally on, and I was rocking it).

 

I was pretending to be the Sunday School teacher, teaching a lesson about trusting in God and not worrying...and started making up a little chorus about "letting God do the worrying." I had a little trouble with the word "worry," though...and so it sounded more like "woowee-ing." My dad heard my little song I was making up and came out from his office. He hopped on the piano and started playing some chords to go along with it...and then helped me write some verses utilizing Bible stories about David, Noah, and Jonah...and that became my very first official song we have record of...and thus began my Worship Leader Life.

 

LET GOD DO THE WORRYING
by Sherilyn & Stephen Keller
Copyright Keller Music 1982

 

David saw the Philistines, they were very big and mean
He took a stone and flung it round and round
Looked Goliath in the eye, trusted God and let it fly
All his worries came a-tumbling down

 

Let God do the worrying, let God doing the worrying
Let Him do all the worrying
Let God do the worrying, let God doing the worrying
Let Him do all the worrying

 

The Lord said, "Noah, build a boat"
Noah asked Him, "Will it float?"
"It's going to rain for 40 days and nights..."
The Lord said, 'It will keep You warm, and I will see You through the storm"
"Get busy, let me do the worrying"

 

Let God do the worrying, let God doing the worrying
Let Him do all the worrying
Let God do the worrying, let God doing the worrying
Let Him do all the worrying

 

In the belly of the whale, Jonah asked "Where did I fail?"
The Lord said, "Jonah, You've been worrying"
"This fish is gonna spit you out, when it does, you'll never doubt"
"It's best to let me do the worrying"

 

Let Me do the worrying, let Me doing the worrying
Let Me do all the worrying
Let Me do the worrying, let Me doing the worrying
Let Me do all the worrying

 

 

It was the first of many songs to come in the 35 years since then...but I didn't officially start leading worship until about 10 years after this first song seed was planted. Each step of the way, even from those earliest years, God was sowing into the Worship Leader Life. I have seen again and again how He is the Master weaver with a plan I never imagined for myself. This was just the beginning...

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