Music. So powerful.

“Where did the title Trouble the Water come from?” some have asked.

Well, the story itself will tell you, but here’s a short response: “Wade in the Water” was one of many songs sung by enslaved Africans. The song was a coded signal to slaves seeking freedom: Use the waterways and the rivers so the dogs can’t follow your scent and track you. The time is now, tonight, the moment of opportunity. The chorus sings: Wade in the water, wade in the water, children. Wade in the water, God’s gonna trouble the water.

You can listen to it here:

I listened to Wade in the Water, over and over, hours and hours, as I thought about the courage of Robert Smalls. I wonder if music inpsired him, if perhaps this very song inspired him.

I know this: He inspires me.

And I suspect, God is still troubling the waters, as there’s still so much to be done.

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