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June 23 marks the six-month anniversary of the day David Archuleta entered my life. I knew next to nothing about him on December 22; then on December 23, I watched the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert in which David was the guest artist. His undeniable talent and his endearing personality hit me like a ton of bricks and I became an instant fan. I haven’t been the same since.
David showed up in my life right at the very moment when spiritual, physical, and emotional healing occurred for me. His presence filled my soul with music, light, and gladness. I believe David was a gift to me, a way that God showed His love for me and impressed upon me that I had been healed. I’m convinced that a puppy or a new car would have had the same effect, but that God chose to introduce me to David. As a result, my life has been enhanced in a most delightful and remarkable way.
What have I learned about David in the past six months? Absolutely everything. I’ve learned that he has an extraordinary talent and an extraordinary soul. I’ve learned that he’s humble, that he cares deeply for other people, that he’s kind even when others are not kind to him. That he loves his family. That he is a hard worker. That his smile is a true reflection of who he is, and that he smiles all the time. That he chooses to be happy. That he chooses to be optimistic.
I’ve learned that he is a wise and mature soul in a young man’s body. That he has high standards and that he upholds them, no matter what. That he knows that his gift of singing is from God, and that he acknowledges and honors that gift, sharing it gladly with the world. That he was willing to sacrifice the career he had established and the success he had attained in order to serve God.
I’ve learned that David has a special ability to connect with others, sending love to them through his music, love which lessens their hurts and brings them hope. That his fans love and need him, and that he loves and needs his fans in return. That his remarkable character is not apparent to everybody, but that some of us have been given the great blessing to recognize it and to see it clearly.
That’s what I’ve learned about David. But how does he affect my life personally? David affects my life all day, every day. For one thing, I have ODD, big time. The other night on chat, I asked if it was normal to think about him all the time, was I being weird? The consensus was that I am not weird, I’m normal! It’s okay to think about him all the time! Well, thank heavens for that. I have listened to David sing, every day for six months. I have looked at his face, every day for six months. David wakes me up every morning, with lines from one song or another running through my head. Lately, the song has been Think of Me from American Idol. Whatever song fragment I hear, I recognize it immediately. I know which song the fragment belongs to, I know the album it comes from, and I can find it without hesitation on my iPod. Oh, and I didn’t even have an iPod six months ago! I didn’t have an iTunes library. I couldn’t find my way around YouTube. Now, I’m a pro at all of these, thanks to David.
I have several favorite moments from my discoveries during the past six months. The Bench photo shoot! I lose any semblance of holding it together when I watch that beautiful man pose for the camera. And just add to that David’s performance at the Bench launch–I love when he sings Nandito Ako. And lately I’ve been inexplicably attracted to his sweating, dripping face as he performs A Thousand Miles.
I love all the songs from Glad Christmas Tidings, especially Gesu Bambino and Silent Night. My absolute favorite song is Forevermore. In fact, I love the whole Forevermore album because of its tenderness. I love David’s vlogs, because his personality is so evident in them. Boy, was it fun catching up on those! And very recently, Angelica introduced me to David’s Hong Kong performance of Everybody Wants to Rule the World, in which I absolutely loved his voice, the acoustic accompaniment, and the serenity in his countenance.
How else does David affect my life? As much as I wanted to believe it was final, I’ve learned that my experience at Christmas time was not a final healing event, but just one amazing moment on the continuum of my life. Things are continuing to progress for me. Since I’ve met David, I’ve re-established contact with someone who was important to me long ago, and because of that, I’ve again experienced profound emotional healing. Since I’ve met David, a young family member has made a grievous decision which has affected not only our family, but our community. And since I’ve met David, my spiritual life has progressed rapidly, almost too quickly to keep up with. All through this–good, bad, or stressful–David has been singing in my ear, offering me courage and encouragement, promising me that “things are gonna get better.” And they are getting better, all the time. As the challenges increase, the blessings increase.
If I had David in front of me right now (I wish!), this is what I would say to him:
I wonder if you know how amazing you are?
You leave me breathless.
You didn’t even try, but you’ve stolen my heart.
And I don’t want it back.
I don’t want it back.
Ronaleem is a guest writer for The Voice