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Does the phrase “To and Fro” have a positive, negative, or neutral meaning to you?
It depends on the context of course, but I would say I have a leaning toward the negative. In this case, “to and fro” can mean wandering aimlessly, not being on a firm path, wasting time, like branches blowing “to and fro” in the wind, etc. This was what would come to my mind when I heard “to and fro” for most of my life, but in 2006 my perspective changed when I started composing the melody “To and Fro” for my 5th album “Unveiled.”
I had heard about the verse down below before, but it started to go deeper into my heart that year, and “to and fro” began to take on a positive light. What if, instead of viewing “to and fro” as my wandering, I could see it as God’s directing and supporting my path. I wasn’t thinking about it at the time I photographed the above train at night, but this image can represent my journey down a “track” that represents God’s guidance one step, one railroad tie at a time. God lights my path (i.e. I am in the dark without Him). He equips me and helps me fulfill His calling, plans and purposes for my life. I encourage you to consider this take on “to and fro” as you listen to the music and meditate on the verse below.
“For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” – 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NASB).
Another version says, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (NIV)
What are your main heart commitments? Are you ready to embrace a new kind of “to and fro?”
Yvonne Song says
1st impression on ‘To and Fro’ sounds more neutral to me. Afterall is To and Fro. It may be pointless to some or rather sound ‘unsettled’ be it a person’s personal journey. I’m imagining waves crashing in and out – To & Fro. As I see, there are small waves and big waves. Just like a person’s journey is always unsettle whether it will end up pointless but in the end who says life is ever easy thus like it or not we will definitely benefit the good and the bad in To & Fro.
Stanton Lanier says
Yvonne, thanks so much for sharing your perspective. You reminded me that To and Fro, Ebb and Flow, Ups and Downs, are part of life’s rhythms. Blessings to you!