Have you ever bumped into the unexplainable? Something that didn’t line up with your expectations of how this life works? A moment that didn’t make sense but yet was still happening all the same?
Chris Cornell did. He’s from Soundgarden and Audioslave. Here is what he said in a recent issue of Rolling Stone about hearing Jeff Buckley sing:
“Hearing Jeff’s live at SIN-E EP was one of those moments that happens only a few times in your life as a music fan—it was something otherworldly … that’s not about technical ability, that’s something else.”
In that same issue, Billy Joel struggled to make sense of Ray Charles:
“But there was something else I didn’t realize until we sang together in the Eighties, … When he sings, he’s not just singing soulfully. He is imparting his soul. You are hearing something deep within the man.”
Robert Plant, lead singer of Led Zeppelin, had the same problem trying to capture Elvis:
“There is a difference between people who sing and those who take that voice to another, otherworldly place …”
Regardless of their faith backgrounds, each of those musicians couldn’t escape the urge to leave their ordinary vocabularies behind in their attempt to explain the unexplainable.
There’s something else.
A soul being imparted.
The temptation is to read quotes like that and think you have to be a superstar to become unexplainable. That you have to be famous or big or important. But I think that each day, God gives us all a chance to be the unexplainable. To help someone when it doesn’t make sense. To love someone who is refusing to love us. To share something that on the surface leaves us with nothing of our own.
That is what evangelism is to me, the simple act of being the unexplainable.
That is my goal this year.
When cool goes right and God asks me to go left, I want to do the unexplainable.
When easy is up and God asks me to go down, I want to do the unexplainable.
When fake is free and honesty is expensive, I want to do the unexplainable.
I want to live my life in a way that raises questions. I want my actions and my attitude and everything I am to encourage people to think, “There’s something else.”
That’s my hope for you this year. That’s my hope for me this year.
Let’s be the unexplainable.