=> 2 years
=> 24 months
=> 104 weeks
=> 730 days
=> 17,250 hours
=> 1,051,200 minutes
=> 63,072,000 seconds……!
The figures get more daunting the more you think about it. It’s like a fast receding express train, the longer you watch it the faster it seems to speed away.
When I was told about David’s decision, I wasn’t terribly surprised. It was a possibility that was always hanging in the air for as long as we knew David. That someday he would suspend his music career in servitude of a higher purpose wasn’t as remote as we would have liked to believe. But we probably never expected that such a step would actually come to pass. That the hammer did fall was in many ways shocking and numbing.
The decision has been made – although not without some trepidation and second guessing the way I see it – to heed a call from God no less. A call that most if not all LDS members like David has to answer. He has chosen to hang up his mic so to speak , ‘disappear’ for 2 years so that he can do God’s will.
But does it have to be this way?
Can’t we serve God by being kind, thoughtful, caring and loving to our fellow humans? Can’t we do God’s work by championing the cause of the downtrodden, speaking for those who don’t have a voice or teaching that might does not always make right? Is humility and empathy not godly enough? How about using our music to give pleasure to those of our listeners? Isn’t it noble enough to stir the emotions and hearts of countless people with the power of our voice alone? Aren’t these virtues good enough in the eyes of God?
Does serving God require us to disengage, disassociate and disconnect from the world in general? Are we assuming that God can be so demanding and unbending in his decrees? Do we really have to assume anonymity while in our service to God? Doesn’t it seem like we’re smearing his good name a wee bit here?
Are we to literally aimlessly wander around for the next 2 years, much like the Israelite did for 40 years, until we reach our promised land? Are we being punished here?
2 years of nothing but paucity, aridity and emptiness. See you in 2 years time.