One of my best friends once told me this was his favorite song. I think he would still say that. To me, this song is about falling away from God. I know that’s the case for my friend. I think it is especially easy for those who grew up in the church to feel this way.
“I used to be such a burning example…I was about my father’s work.”
But somewhere between Vacation Bible School as a kid and High School and College, something changes. Sometimes it’s fast and dramatic and specific things cause it. Other times we just slowly change over time. There comes a point where you wonder what your faith means. You might wonder if it means anything. Your relationship with God changes.
“I used to pray like God was listening. I used to make my parents proud…”
At this point, things often start falling apart. Relationships may be damaged. We see the world and ourselves as broken, but we don’t know how to fix either one. We’re looking for the life that can only be found in Christ, but since it has been right in front of us our whole lives, we don’t see it. So we might try different things. Some men try to find comfort in women.
“I used to know the name of every person I kissed, but now I’ve made this bed and I can’t fall asleep in it.”
As we go farther, we see that some of our behavior is self-destructive. If you listen to the song, this is demonstrated by the man who runs in front of the car. Likewise, we hurt ourselves and those who respect and trust us. “The ship of fools I’m on will sink.” The millstone is a reference to Matthew 18:6, which says ” “If anyone causes one of these little ones – those who believe in me – to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
Yet, while we are drowning after our ship has sunk in the wake of our own destruction, if we honestly say to Christ, “be my breath,” if we truly surrender and say “there’s nothing I wouldn’t give,” then we can be sustained, restored, and fulfilled. We serve a God who knows that we will have ups and downs to the extreme in our faith, but He is always there through them.
Measure of Music is a recurring blog where we examine the deeper meaning of song. We don’t believe that music needs labels like “Christian” or “Secular”; all art can be beautiful, and all art can point to the Author of beauty. Proverbs 24:32 says, “I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw.” This is what we seek to do with Measure of Music: As we uncover the truths expressed in music we uncover truths about God.