April 13, 2018

“It takes a crane to build a crane, it takes two floors to make a story,
It takes an egg to make a hen, it takes a hen to make an egg,
There is no end to what I’m saying.”

Sounds a little strange, doesn’t it? This is the first verse of a song that has come to mean so much to me that it is the ringtone on my cell phone. (You know that ‘why are you so happy?’ face you get from people when you are smiling, I get that look when my phone goes off it public!)

“It takes a thought to make a word, and it takes some words to make an action,
It takes some work to make it work, it takes some good to make it hurt,
It takes some bad for satisfaction.

La la la la la life is wonderful
An la la la la life goes full circle
Ah la la la la life is wonderful
An la la la la.”

It is a constant reminder to me that it is an amazing, complex, mysterious, wonderful world God created. It is a gift.

“It takes a night to make a dawn, and it takes a day to make you yawn brother,
And it takes some old to make you young, it takes some cold to know the sun,
It takes the one to have the other.

‘And it takes no time to fall in love, but it takes you years to know what love is,
It takes some fears to make you trust, It takes those tears to make it rust,
It takes the dust to have it polished.”

“It takes some silence to make a sound, It takes a loss before you found it,
And it takes a road to go nowhere, It takes a toll to make you care,
It takes a hole to make a mountain.”

The song, written and performed by Jason Mraz, goes on to remind us that in this wonderful life, we experience joy and love but we also experience sadness and loss. All of these experiences form our life story and we cannot experience any of it in full glory without the other. Night gives way to Day, Pain gives way to Joy, Loss gives way to Love.

This song helps me to stand in awe of all the beauty around me – every day in every circumstance. It is a reminder of the faith I have in a God who is in the midst of all of it, guiding and directing. If you believe He is ever present, then you can trust that when life is hard, relief is on the horizon. God allows each of us to participate in a life full of wonder and joy if we choose to see it takes one thing to truly appreciate another.

Julie Robinson, Executive Director of Studio 222