Monday, February 8, 2010
My First Road Trip Without Secular Music
For the first time this year, #5 was challenged over the weekend. I had to drive from Barstow, California to Phoenix, Arizona without secular music (a six hour drive…wait, no a seven hour drive with my daughter). For normal people this might not be a problem, but thanks to resolution #1 I can not afford satellite radio….or music downloads to my iPod…..or CD‘s….or Starbucks, but that’s another blog. At home I listen to Air1 the Positive Alternative radio station, and I love it! As a matter of fact, it is the only Christian radio station I have found that doesn’t make me cringe from the corny “holier-than-thou” musical selections. It plays relevant contemporary rock-ish Christian music. The only problem is that when I am off roading in my 4 door mommy-mobile in the middle of the Mohave desert to shave 30 miles off of my trip (and save gas money for resolution #1), there are no radio signals. And when I returned to civilization (also known as interstate 10), Air1 was no where to be found…..for 4 hours!!! My only choices were:
A. The Spanish Only Station,
B. A Country Station,
C. A Corny Christian Station or,
D. A Spanish station that sounded like it might be a praise and worship station
I chose option C, and about 30 seconds later I was literally dozing off. I turned off the radio and talked to Isabelle, prayed, and then I broke resolution #7.…yes, I had to get a Diet Coke…Starbucks is way too expensive and caffeine is one of the only things that can combat corny Christian music. Three hours and 6 potty breaks later (it was a large Diet Coke) I caved in (sort of) and listened to a country station for one song (it was “If You Get There Before I Do,” by Collin Raye which in my opinion, is a Christian song disguised as a country song). The trip back from Arizona was about the same.
My observations on my first non-secular road trip? Not much. I wasn’t divinely rewarded by being teleported to my destinations, I didn’t get free Starbucks, and I still can’t stand corny Christian crap…I mean music. God doesn’t love me more than he did the last time I made this trip with secular music blaring. I reached my destination safely which probably would have happened even if I listened to 2pac the entire trip. But then again I am not attempting any of these resolutions for the external rewards. Maybe I am getting a round of applause in heaven for my endeavors, but that is not why I am doing them either. It makes me feel good (as trite as that sounds) and that is the reward in and of itself.