I was zoned out on the drive home the other evening. Having just finished up a tough workout, I was dreaming of the large plate of pasta that would soon fill my growling stomach. Food coma was most definitely going to settle in, and I was looking forward to every second of it.
Blips of reflective dashes kept my car moving straight ahead as the music coming from the stereo seemed to propel the wheels around. Looking up at the night sky, a song came on which could not have been timed more perfectly:
From underneath the trees
We’d watch the sky
Confusing stars for satellites
I never dreamed you’d be mine
But here we are We’re here tonight
Ahhh… what an awesome picture. I was there with the music in this moment. Looking up at the night sky, I felt so free and happy.
Singin’ amen, I, I’m alive (I’m alive)
Singin’ amen, I, I’m alive
I whisper out, “I’m so alive.”
The chorus kicks in…..
If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we’d see the day when nobody died
And I’m singing Amen, Amen, I, I’m alive
Amen, I, Amen, I, Amen, I, I’m alive
At this point in time, my emotion turned to chills. God began to speak to me. A missional chorus that I can’t quite wrap my head around makes me wonder if this is a cynical play on words, or some sort of honest hope for humanity?
The CD playing in my car was by a group named Nickleback. I sorta figure that this is not a Christian band as the song before this one was titled “I’m gonna carve your name into the side of a bullet!” I love this band though as the rock and heavy guitar gets me all pumped up like Merriman on roids. I blast the tunes and go workout like a beast. (So there is my secret all you competitors).
I guess even the rock bands get tired sometimes as they always seem to have a couple ballad/radio friendly cuts on the album to suppliment the metal. Most likely intended to help the album sales, this particuar ballad obviously stopped me in my tracks…
“Then we’d see the day when nobody died..”
Whether Nickleback knew it or not, this track is Biblically based. Jesus sang the same chorus some 2000 years prior. In John 8:51 Jesus tells an audience, “I tell you the truth, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!” (NLT)
Nickleback sums up Christ’s teachings nicely. We need to care, love, be truthful, share and swallow our pride. This is proof to me that the world is indeed looking for Jesus. He wrote the law on our heart, and believers and non-believers alike feel its power and can sense the hope. It is up to each of us as believers, to help the world make the connection, and bring the hope He promised. The song continues on….
And in the end the fireflies
Our only light in paradise
Show the world they were wrong
Teach them all to sing along
I think I am a firefly in the world today. Lord, Help me be the light to paradise.
Singin’ amen, I, I’m alive