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The story behind - "Meant to Be"

Ephesians  1:17-19a; Romans 11:29

This song wouldn’t leave me alone. At three o’clock in the morning it would pester me: a little voice was, in effect, saying, “I demand to be heard!” So insistent was it, I was compelled to get out of my warm bed and head to the music room until the voice inside was satisfied.

I’m one of those people who like to do a bit of people-watching now and then. I find myself thinking about what they’re doing at that moment and why, where they’re going, what they are going through… As an introvert, I often reflect on things that I’ve been through but I also regularly contemplate those things that people I know are facing, have faced, decisions they’ve had to make, and I consider the way in which we either respond or react in various situations. 

As I’ve sung this song in different contexts to different audiences, I’ve found the listeners interpret the characters in different ways. Just like almost any song we hear, we insert our own story. Often times I’ve been asked if the individuals in verse one and two become the couple that is spoken of in verse three? (Perhaps these questioners are the true romantics amongst us. ;) ) Whether the characters are or not is up to you to decide. For me, they are separate entities who have faced various choices - just as we all do. And just like we all do, sometimes we make mistakes and sometimes we don’t. But when we turn to Jesus, we find grace. We find hope. We find purpose. We find destiny. We find never-ending love.

All of us have been given a gift and a mission for this life. Some pursue it and others run from it. There are costs. There are victories. There are battles. There are losses. But there’s no greater call in life - nothing better - than being who we’ve been called to be and what God’s called us to be.

“The gifts and call of God is irrevocable” (Rom 11:29) and He never leaves us without the provisions to do what it is He has asked of us. It’s His desire for us to truly be -  Just Be. Be His. Be loved. Be at peace. Be who He has created us to be.  As we keep our eyes fixed and focused on He Who has called, equipped and released us to be, we find His ‘well done’ all along the way.

As the song says: “May the eyes of your (our) heart(s) be enlightened now and always to His hope and purpose. The riches of His glory, the power of His grace, the inheritance, the surety - to fulfill His call.”

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.” Eph 1:17-19a

Meant to Be - Belinda Tigell (C) 2009

from the album “Jubilee”


Belinda Tigell is an Australian singer-songwriter, speaker, teacher, worship leader and author. Find her regular blogs on belindatigellministries.com. 
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Other Blogs
* JUBILEE album blog - Why Jubilee
* JUBILEE album blog 2 - The Year of Jubilee
* JUBILEE album blog 3 - Child of Promise (Gal 4)
* JUBILEE album blog 5 - RIDER (Scriptures from Revelation)
* Somebody Find Me - the story behind the song for RUOK Day
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2010-11: With My God, I Can!
2011: Is It Clear? -- Thinking About What We Sing About At Christmas
2011-04: The Choice to Choose
2011-06: Wooing and Pursuing Love
2011-11: The Cry
2012-01: Waiting For My Fish to Come In
2012-03: Bless the Lord, Extol Him Forever
2012-06: Motivate Me
2012-09: Jesus, The Renovator
2012-11: THROUGH to get TO
2013-01: Contemplations and Commitments
2013-04: To Obey is Better than Sacrifice
2013-06: Shaken & Stirred
2013-09: Faith in the Valley of the Mundane
2013-12: Be With & Behold HIM
2013-12: Christmas Thoughts - BEING & BEHOLDING
2014-04: Do You Hear What I Hear?
2014-06: Good Advice; Godly Wisdom
2015-03: The Great Pain Reliever - Notes from the road #JubileeCD #albumtour
2015-06: Live Loved
2015-10: An Afar Off Promise
2015-12: Mary Meditations (Reflections for Advent)
2016-02: "Dis'ing" the "Dis"
2016-04: Reacting in Fear or Responding in Faith
2016-07: Just Travelling Through
2016-09: God Around The Edges
2016-11: Looking Back, Looking Forward
2017-03: What to Wear!? - Part 1
2017-06: What to Wear?! Part 2
2017-10: Prayer Worrying OR Prayer Warrior?
2017-12: ADVENT Thoughts 1 - What is Advent?
2017-12: ADVENT Thoughts 2 - O Come O Come Emmanuel - Part A: Emmanuel
2017-12: ADVENT Thoughts 3 - O Come O Come Emmanuel - Part B: Branch of Jesse & The Key of David
2017-12: ADVENT Thoughts 4 - O Come O Come Emmanuel - Part C: Our Light, Lord, Wisdom and Might
2018-03: You Crown the Year - Thoughts on calling & culling in 2018
2018-06: Embracing Mystery
2018-06: Lyrics to the hymn "I Cannot Tell"
2018-11: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger