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Dog Days Are Over

There is a band called Florence and the Machine and they sing a song called “Dog Days are Over.” It’s a pretty cool song and they’re a pretty cool band. They’ve been around since I was in high school and one time Glee covered “Dog Days are Over,” which is why I know it at all. I heard it again the other day for the first time in a long while and listened to the words.

I was struck by how much they sounded to me like I feel when I think about my salvation –

Happiness hit her like a train on a track
Coming towards her stuck but still no turning back
She hid under corners and she hid under beds
She killed it with kisses and from it she fled
With every bubble she sank with her drink
And washed it away down the kitchen sink

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
The horses are coming
So you better run

Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father
Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind
You can’t carry it with you if you want to survive

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses?
Cause here they come

And I never wanted anything from you
Except everything you had and what was left after that too
Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back
Struck from a great height from someone who should know better than that

Jesus wants all of me, no reservations, no hesitations. I can try to hide but He loves me and knows that I need Him and He comes and picks me up and hugs me. He wants my emotion and my sense. He wants me to commit the rest of my life to Him. He wants all of me and then more. Every day starting with the day He is mine is filled with the joy of the Lord. He wants me to throw off what hinders me and run run run to Him. He wants me to bring with me my life, my family, my concerns, my baggage.

How awesome is it that something that this band wrote concerning something else is, to me, so obviously about Jesus and how drastically life changes when I let Him in to mine? God glorifies Himself through a great variety of ways, and in everything, even if we don’t catch it. He created everything for His own glory. And I love getting to see that.

The dog days are over. Days can still be sad or no fun or hard, but I have a hope and a joy that I never had before that gets me through things and gives me a reason for life.


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The Cure for Pain

I have multiple favorite bands. Most of them are groups of men who sing to me about Jesus. Relient K, who has such a lovely way of combining hilariousness with stark truth and speaking really quickly and capturing my exact emotions, Needtobreathe, who I got to see last weekend and makes me want to go dancing and worship Jesus at the same time all the time, and Switchfoot, who sings about emotions and issues that I had only subconsciously recognized before.

The lead singer of Switchfoot is also an incredible human. This might be weird, but I listen to him when I go to sleep at night sometimes. His solo albums, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Limbs and Branches, are very calming but also very thought-provoking. I love listening to him. Love it. I love his solo stuff, I love Switchfoot, and I love his other band, Fiction Family.

I was recently listening to Jon Foreman’s solo music, and singing along with it, as I do, and I noticed something. There is a line in the song, “The Cure for Pain” where he says, “We’re either riders or fools behind the reign.” I had always just assumed that he was saying, “We’re either writers or fools behind the rain,” and that didn’t make very much sense to me, but I’m going to be honest and say that there are a lot of things I don’t understand, so I just went with it.

But then I was just listening and I realized what he was actually saying. How profound is that? That right there is why I love Jon Foreman. What he’s saying is that life is going to happen whether you like it or not. You’re either a rider or a fool behind the reign. A rider is on top of the horse, holding reigns but cognizant of the fact that it’s a horse he’s riding, and the horse is the one controlling where he’s going. But a fool behind the reigns is exactly that. He thinks he’s got it all together, but he’s going to have a rude awakening one day. That day may be soon, or it may be really far away, but that guy is a fool because he thinks he’s in charge of his life, when actually, he isn’t. It’s God. God is the horse.

Jon sings in his song,
“So blood is fire pulsing through our veins
We’re either riders or fools behind the reigns
I’ve spent ten years trying to sing it all away
But the water keeps on falling from my tries
And heaven knows, heaven knows
I’ve tried to find a cure for the pain
Oh my Lord, to suffer like You do
It would be a lie to run away.”

I haven’t seen Jon (or Switchfoot) live yet, but it’s on my list of stuff to do. When I do, I want to thank Jon personally for just being who he is and making the music that he makes and allowing it to be recorded and put onto the interwebs so that I can listen to it and fall in love with it, because I have.

I wish that I could talk about and analyze every one of Jon’s songs on here so you could learn how wonderful he is and start listening to him and never stop. But he has a lot of songs and that would take a long time and you might have to go do your homework or eat dinner or pee and I wouldn’t want to keep you from those things.

So just trust me. He’s pretty cool.

“This world is where I breathe, but let it never be called home.”