Stay with me … three parts will come together.
Part One … my life, my wife. Do you have a song? A song that makes you think of your wife? I do. And it is the most popular, longest lasting hit of the Commodores … Brick House. Before my church members get pitchforks to run me off, let me share.
Now this is not a song that objectifies women, but talks of one that has beauty, wits, and strength. She can knock a man to his knees. Her subdued Alpha personality can take control of any situation. My wife is humble, spirited, beautiful, wise, and she is mighty-mighty, oh yeah, mighty-mighty. This song makes me think about all of that in my wife.
A very popular spin with DJs, especially at weddings, Brick House, brings its swagger of funkiness, it’s powerful bassline, and ingrains itself into our very mood and mind. When it hits the playlist, my whole body gets into jamming and my mind brightens to the music. I am not a dancer, not at all (scary thoughts just typing this), but when it played at Calvin and Tiffany’s wedding (my son/new daughter in law), even I thought of getting my lady out on the barn floor to show my moves that have been declared illegal in 30 states and 12 nations.
Part Two … Commodore Legacy since 1977. The history of the song takes it back to the Tuskegee Commodore studio. The majority of the song came together in one setting. It went on to reach #5 on the charts, and possibly the most impactful staying-power tune of the band’s playlist. From the creative mind of the drummer (yes, they bring lots to the table at times), this tune sparked beauty contests on their tours. “Miss Brick House” of that locality. Over 800 showed up in Indianapolis for the contest.
It represents any strong women, the best of whatever one desires. Like in home building, brick is appreciated, strong, and desired by homeowners. so too is whomever comes to your mind when this song hits the air waves or ear pods.
Part Three … the Jewish Brick House who won a Persian king’s heart. About 2500 years ago, this young, strong, wise, humble, trusting woman is thrown into a beauty contest to please King Xerxes, yes Xerxes. The great king who was stalled by Leonidas and 300 Spartans.
The king needed a wife so virgins were brought in from all across the land. The contest was NSFW and objectified women and left a strand of one night stands throughout the year. In this questionable debacle, God works to put Esther in a place to save her people.
This text, Esther chapter 2, is my text for sermon this coming Sunday. So, when my choir director asked for suggestions, I told her Brick House. I am not sure Evergreen is ready for this, but I know I am. I’m pretty she will ignore my suggestion.
Let’s bring these three together …
God has positioned my wife at the right place. We are together and she is used greatly in my life, my ministry, and my all. Walter Orange, the drummer, was positioned at the right place to bring this classic tune to fruition. And God positioned Esther at the right place too.
God has positioned you where you are as well. It may not make sense, you may not see God in the immediate circumstances, but He can bring out something great. As Tony Evans says … God is always doing something bigger than what you and I can see.
May you trust Him, He is at work.
Have a blessed day … I am turning off the keyboard and turning on iTunes … to, Brick House, what else.