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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Reaching and Being Faithful

I have recently come across a new artist. Her name is Brooke Fraser and she is from Australia. When I find a new artist that I like I take a lot of time to listen to their music and study their lyrics to really understand what they are singing about. It also helps me get an idea of who they are. All singers write from their heart; the lyrics come from somewhere deep within and carry a story with them. As I have been listening to her recently (frequently, I might add) I have picked up on one thing: she has a deep, unwavering faith. She speaks of feeling like she is not of this world, and that there is Hope coming for her one day. She lets us know that she has had days when she cannot "feel" God there, but she just knows that He is. She speaks of feeling responsible to make changes and share about problems in Rwanda stating that "faith without deeds is dead."

I am not the greatest with expressing myself. Especially in person. I get nervous and feel like my words will come out sounding petty and meaningless. So, to help with that insecurity I have turned to music to speak the words for me. I have never felt like it is cheating myself or the other person (or people) of what I really want to say, because, the song is saying it all for me. The person who wrote those words was feeling the same thing as I have in the moment that they wrote it (at least, that's what I tell myself.)

The following lyrics were written by Brooke and are an expression of how I have felt many, many times in my life. She speaks of trusting that God is there even when we may not be able to see or hear him. It is the ability to believe that He is there no matter what the circumstances in your life may be and reaching out for Him in any situation. I really like the imagery in this song and appreciate her words. They have touched and spoken for me and I hope that they might possibly have the same effect on you.

By Brooke Fraser

There's distance in the air and I cannot make it leave
I wave my arms 'round about me and blow with all my might
I cannot sense you close, though I know you're always here
But the comfort of you near is what I long for

When I can't feel you, I have learned to reach out just the same
When I can't hear you, I know you still hear every word I pray
And i want you more than I want to live another day
And as I wait for you maybe I'm made more faithful

All the folly of the past, though I know it is undone
I still feel the guilty one, still trying to make it right
So I whisper soft your name, let it roll around my tongue,
Knowing you're the only one who knows me
You know me

Show me how I should live this
Show me where I should walk
I count this world as lost to me
You are all I want
You are all I want