through the mall, quickly, yet deliberately. She had no
idea that as she walked, she seemed to move to invisible
music. Her tall, boy-like figure swayed to an unheard
beat. Short brown hair framed her pixie face, and her
Chocolate brown eyes danced with merriment. She was on a
mission to get the perfect gift for her best friend. She
had heard that a new Christian CD was just out and it was what
Spotting the Christian Book Store, she turned toward it, and
ran smack into someone or some thing. She stopped and
looked up into the most beautiful blue eyes she had ever seen.
Melody started to apologize, but words seemed to fail her as
she just stood and stared at the man. He was about 6’2”,
tall, and slim. He was beautiful if one could call a man
beautiful. A woodsy fragrance filled the air around him.
The man seemed amused at her and said, “You must really
be in a big hurry. Where is the fire?”
Melody backed away from the man and said, “I am so
sorry. I really did not look where I was going.
Just in a hurry, I guess.”
The man smilingly answered, “Well, if I had to be run
over, I am glad it was by a beautiful young lady. Maybe we
should start over. My name is Josh and yours is?”
In a low, soft voice Melody said, “My name is Melody,
and I am truly sorry for running into you like that.”
Josh just stood there looking at her for some time before he
said, “No problem, Melody, in fact you have brightened
up a dreary day. I don’t have a habit of picking up
ladies at the mall, but how about me buying you a cup of
Looking back into those beautiful blue eyes, she could only
nod. How could she say no? She wanted to so badly.
Her quest for the CD was forgotten. She had just agreed
to have coffee with a complete stranger. The very thought
thrilled her. The taste of the coffee was strong and
delicious. As they sat at one of the tiny tables
sprinkled across the floor near the coffee spot, Melody told
him all about herself, which was a most unusual thing for her
to do. She told him that she was a secretary for the
Harvest Church and its Youth Minister. She told him of
her family and where she lived and where the church was and
everything else she could think of. Josh told her he was
the lead singer in a band that played at the clubs downtown.
They called themselves “Dusk to Dawn” and he loved his job.
They talked as if they had known each other for years.
She felt comfortable talking with Josh, and she really enjoyed
the chance to get know him better. When the coffee cups were
empty, Josh asked her for her phone number, which she gave to
him. She really had no idea why.
That was the beginning of a wonderful friendship. Melody
and Josh spent much time together, sometimes going on long
walks by the riverbank. Even the dirty water looked good
to Melody as long as she was with Josh. Sometimes they
rode bikes on the bike trail, where the smell of fresh flowers
filled the air. Many evenings they would sit on her
porch swing and talk. With her job being during the day,
and his job being at night, they were able to spend evenings
As the months passed, they grew closer and closer.
Melody knew she was in love with Josh and she believed that he
loved her. Josh never said the words to her, but she
felt his deep, quiet love each time they were together.
They never seemed to disagree on anything--except her church.
He did not want to hear about it. He would get quiet and
just look at her when she tried to share things from the
church. When Melody would get excited about something in
church, she would try to tell it to Josh, but he didn’t want
to hear about it.
“It's like this, Melody," Josh told her at the end of one
particularly beautiful summer evening. "I don’t want to
hear about your church; I don't want to go to your
church. Not now. Not ever. You have a choice
to make here. Do you want to be with me always and
forever, or do you want to be with this God of yours?
His words burned to the depths of Melody’s very soul.
She closed her eyes tightly in agony. Was he asking her
to choose between him and the Lord? There was no choice!
She would never turn away from God. She loved Josh so
much it hurt, but Jesus was--and always would be--first in her
life. Melody opened her eyes to see Josh still standing
in front of her. He stood waiting for her to say
something. What could she say?
She cleared her throat and spoke, “Josh, I love you with
all my heart, but the Lord is first in my life and always will
be. I will not deny Him ever. I just can’t.”
Josh shook his head and said, “Well, I guess you made
your choice. I will not try to compete with this Jesus
of yours. My only hope is that He can make you happy.”
He bent over and kissed her then turned and walked away
leaving her standing there.
As the next few months slowly passed, Melody was numb.
She cried and cried. She had loved Josh so much.
The main thought in her mind was, Why? Why did he
do this? Her heart was broken and she felt betrayed.
Melody knew she could not, nor did she want to, change her
decision. But would the pain ever go away? Could
she ever begin to live again? She thought not. The
hurt cut too deeply.
...Two Years Later...
Melody was busy getting ready for a concert the teens were
having that night. Some new Christian band had become
very popular and they agreed to come to the church for a
concert. The excitement in the air was contagious.
The band was already at the hall. At least 20 teens had
told her so and everything was fine. Melody sank into
the middle chair in the back row of seats at the Fellowship
Hall and closed her eyes. Soft brown hair fell over her face
as she bowed her head to rest a bit before the program began.
She was so tired.
Suddenly the sound of a beautiful praise song flowed over the
room. It was almost surreal. Then she heard the
voice. The beloved voice she could never forget.
She opened her eyes, immediately spotting him as he stood
behind the microphone at the front of the stage. He
looked good. His hair was shorter and he was slimmer
now, but he still had those beautiful crystal blue eyes.
She could see the blue from all the way back where she sat.
Then Josh looked directly at her as he spoke. “A couple
of years ago I walked away from the woman I loved with all my
heart. I made her choose between her God and me.
She had the wisdom to choose her God. I had a hard time
accepting that she would choose someone who was not real over
me, and I convinced myself she did not love me. But as I
finally came to see, she made the right choice. He is
real, this man Jesus Christ. I now see and my blinded
eyes are open to the Truth. It took a barmaid in a small
town to sit me down and share the Good News with me. I
played music in bars. I now sing in churches and at
church events to lift up the name of the man Jesus Christ.
He walked toward the back of the church where Melody sat.
Warm tears flowed down Melody’s cheeks as he came nearer and
nearer. She thrilled to the news that Josh had found the
greatest love of all, Jesus. She whispered, “Thank you
Jesus, for saving his soul.”
Josh stood at the end of the row and held out his arms.
She stumbled numbly over the feet and legs of the kids sitting
between her and Josh. Melody slid into his arms and
looked into his face. He kissed her and held her close.
Then the whole hall filled with clapping and hoots.
Melody and Josh never noticed. They simply turned and
walked out of the hall with their arms around each other, on
the way to start a beautiful life together in the service of
by way of "Christian Voices"