I'm a fan of musicals -- yes, even some of the really "girly" ones.
However, I also like heavy metal and war movies. Heck, I even played inside linebacker in high school -- the meanest, most ruthless position on defense -- and it requires the personality of a grumpy wild boar. I loved the thrill of blindsiding a running back at full sprint and sending them in flips through the air -- while hopefully making the football fumble.
Yet I get teary eyed while watching romantic comedies.
And sometimes commercials.
So, go ahead, make fun of me for liking musicals. Just don't step on a football field with me, or I might sprint at you and scream "FREEDOM!" barbarically with my face half-painted blue like a crazy man.
Anyways, here's the point of my post (besides showing how insecure I am about liking musicals): the song "Defying Gravity" from Wicked is an example of something interesting about sound waves -- particularly the way God has designed them (I believe) to communicate certain spiritual truths.
But first, in case you're not familiar with the song "Defying Gravity" or the musical Wicked, check it out here (and to really lose some "tough guy" points, I should point out that the voice of the main singer in the song is also the voice of Elsa from the movie Frozen):
Scientists have found a way to defy gravity -- as in make objects levitate magically -- using sound waves. They surround an object with speakers to produce a certain combination of sound waves that hit the object from every angle -- from every side and even from beneath -- and when the sound waves collide a certain way, they create "standing waves" or "nodes" where the object is getting hit with such force from every side that it levitates, floats, i.e. defies gravity! It's quite amazing. You can watch it for yourself here.
Oddly enough, it made me think of a certain experience I had at church. I once went to a prayer meeting at my church, and I was really depressed at the time. When these people at my church pray for you, they really pour their hearts into it. They gather around you, and they place their hands on your shoulder or upper back, like when you pat someone on the back or are trying to encourage them -- and they start praying. All at once. Not one at a time. Christians in South Korea do the same thing. They figure, "Well, God, can hear each of our prayers, let's be more efficient and just pray all at once." Weird for most folks in the US, I know, but what's interesting is that I can actually hear most of what people are saying. My attention shifts to each voice, singles out their tone, and my ears pick up what they're saying, then I shift my attention to another voice in the mix, and I listen to what their praying. It's like an overwhelming tidal wave of prayer, and the encouraging words of life are hitting you from every side all at once.
On that particular night when I was depressed, as people prayed for me as described above, they really were creating "standing waves" with their voices -- but in the spirit. My heart was defying gravity. I shook off the depression right then and there as they prayed for me, and I walked out of that building as if I were floating on clouds. My heart was so deeply encouraged. The Spirit of Christ had ministered to the very depths of my soul.
I really was defying gravity -- thanks to the love of Christ shown through the prayers of His people -- and it was a miracle that, from my perspective, was even more amazing than what the scientists achieved with the sound waves.