I have always loved this song, but this year it has meant more to me than ever. The first time I listened to it this Christmas season (you know, back in early November, haha!) I really heard it for the first time. I heard the lyrics. Do you guys know what this song is about? Listen to it:
It’s about a little boy who is going to meet the baby Jesus for the first time. He is poor and wants to bring a gift for for the new King, but has nothing to bring. The little boy is a drummer so he offers up the one thing that he does have. He offers to play the drum for Jesus.
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum…
You guys, this makes me cry every time. There are so many things on my heart that I desire to do, but I feel like it’s not enough. Or I might not be the best at it. Or that I might outright fail.
But I need to stop over thinking it. It’s not about bringing the greatest gift to lay at Jesus’ feet, but in bringing the best that I have to offer. And knowing that He is smiling when I do.
This song has really hit me this year because Christopher and I have just completed the classes necessary to be certified as foster parents. We are still figuring out if we want to foster or adopt (or both) and what the timeline for that might look like. We always thought we would adopt older kids much later (like 10 or 15 years from now), but this year we decided to at least take the classes and get an idea of what we want to do.
To be honest, we still don’t know what we’re going to do or what the timeline will look like. But I do know that every time I hear this song, it touches my heart. I may not have the greatest, most impressive gifts or talents, but I can use the talents and passions that I do have to bless others (including giving children a safe and loving home). I am bringing my best and laying it at His feet. And I am confident that He is smiling.