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Friday, August 14, 2009

Papa Roach

You heard me right. I did say Papa Roach. For those of you who don't know who he/that/it is, He is a singer...or a band. I'm not really sure if Papa Roach is the name of the band, or the name that the lead singer chooses to go by, and honestly I don't really care. It is not my place to say whether or not a person is a Christian, but he has done nothing that shows me that he is, and from the little bit I have seen and heard from him, he has done his fair share to show me otherwise. With that being said, the Lord has still used one of his songs to minister to me. The name of the song is "Lifeline" and I first heard it on the radio a couple of months ago. It had a catchy tune,(for those of you who like rock music) so I was driving kind of humming and bobbing my head to the music. Then I started to listen to the lyrics and that is what truly drew me in. I am a lover of music. I grew up in a household that loved music of all types, and from my earliest memories I always recall music being a part of my life. But, more than being a lover of music, I am a lover of words. Poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, I love it all. I could honestly tell my life story in famous(and not-so-famous) quotes, and still feel as though I have done it justice. You could tell me that I am going to die a horrible death tomorrow, but if you say it to me in Shakespearian and tweek it with just the right words, I will just sit back, grin, and sigh contentedly. I guess, at times, I can get so caught up in the delivery that I lose sight of the actual message.

But now I've gone off and chased a rabbit. Back to Daddy Gross Bug, er, uh, whatever his name is. Anyway, while it was the tune that originally attracted me to the song, it was the lyrics that ministered to me. I only caught about the second half of the song, so when I got home I went straight to the computer and looked it up. Thankfully the DJ said who the artist was, or else it would have made my search somewhat more difficult. I searched the song and the video came right up. Gotta love that youtube! Once I watched the video I was shocked that it ministered to me also! I really only watched it because I wanted a chance to listen to the song again.

The past year and a half has been a very difficult one. Losing Treyson completely ripped my heart out. We have also have a parade of other difficulties that seem never ending at times. While life has been stressful, difficult, and full of heartache the past year and a half, I haven't felt the despare that I have felt when I was in a different place in my life. The recent heartache in my life hit when I was firm in my faith and walking closely with the Lord. That does not diminish the pain, but did give me a firm foundation to fall on, even if I felt like I was falling face first every single day, over and over again.

While I have been a Christian since a young age, I did chose to wander from the Lord about a decade ago. Ok, I didn't actually wander from the Lord, I pretty much ran as fast as I could. I guess stepping away from my close walk with the Lord may have started as a wander, a meander of sorts. Once I felt the sting of blatantly being out of the Lord's will for my life, I took off to running away full force. I spent the next several years of my life in that state. I won't go in to the details of what my life was like then at this time, I can sum it up in one word.

Desperate.

Webster defines "desperate" like this(when I said I was a lover of words, well, definitions are words, so I really like definitions too.): desperate: Rash, violent, reckless, and without care, as from despair; intense; overpowering.

I can't speak for anyone else's experience as to what it feels like to be a Christian that has purposely stepped out of His will, but as for me that is exactly how I felt. I was a child of God that had run to far away, that when my life came crashing down around me, I felt as though I had no one to turn to. I knew that the Lord was there waiting for me. But I felt too dirty and undeserving to turn back to Him. That feeling is utter despair.

Of course in time, I did wise up and take steps to mend my broken relationship with the Lord, the memory of that pain has never faded. I am actually glad of this fact, because it is humbling to remember where the Lord has brought me from.

Ok, now I feel like I've used way to many words, to explain how and why a song ministered to me. If you are still hanging in there with me, you are quite a trooper. I've posted the lyrics, just because they remind me where I've come from. I've also posted the link to the video. If you completely hate rock music, then I don't even suggest giving it a try. But if you have even a little bit of an open mind, then maybe the Creepy Bug Dude can minister to you too. Never underestimate how the Lord and choose to speak to you. If I were a betting gal, which I'm not, I'd bet that Papa Bug never intended this song to have any true spiritual value. But the Lord chose otherwise. At least in my life any way.

Here are the lyrics:
(quick side note. I sometimes find the meaning of lyrics difficult to grasp without hearing the music also. I guess that's another hint that maybe you should watch the video.)


When I was a boy I didn't care 'bout a thing
It was me and this world and a broken dream
I was blaming myself for all that was going wrong
I was way out there on the wrong side of town
And the ones that I loved I started pushing 'em out
Then I realized that it was all my fault
I've been looking for a lifeline
For what seems like a lifetime
I'm drowning in the pain, breaking down again
Looking for a lifeline
So I put out my hand and I asked for some help
We tore down the walls I built around myself
I was struck by the light and I fell to the ground
I've been looking for a lifeline
For what seems like a lifetime
I'm drowning in the pain, breaking down again
Looking for a lifeline
Is there anybody out there?
Can you pull me from this ocean of despair?
I'm drowning in the pain, breaking down again
Looking for a lifeline
You know a heart of gold won't take you all the way
And in a world so cold it's hard to keep the faith
I'm never gonna fade away, yeah
I've been looking for a lifeline
For what seems like a lifetime
I'm drowning in the pain, breaking down again
Looking for a lifeline
Is there anybody out there?
Can you pull me from this ocean of despair?
I'm drowning in the pain, breaking down again
Looking for a lifeline

If you would like to watch the video, click here.
Oh, and if you do watch it keep watching when you think it's over as to not miss the F.D.R. quote. You know I love me some quotes!

Thanks,
Jessica

a quick p.s. The scene on the building where the desperate man is being pursued by another man and the pursuer yells out, "I'm never gonna fade away!", perfectly portrays the scene in my heart when I chose to quit running away from the Lord, and turn back and run towards Him. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His love endures forever!

3 comments:

melanie said...

I love reading your posts! I can relate to this too. I think we all have some history, and it always amazes me how the Lord can use even the worst things we've done to show us how much He loves us. Now I'm off to listen to the song.

Becky said...

Yes, yes, yes!!!! Thank you so much! The Lord does, indeed, use the most seemingly "unchristian" things to minister His truth. The lyrics have already touched me, so I'll follow Melanie to listen! (and, as a gal from the land of the giant palmetto bug, I find the band name hilarious! I tend to love words, too, and wind up having vivid visuals with them...imagine what I'm expecting to see in the video. LOL)

Matthew said...

that's interestingly great! it goes very well with pastor ron's point today that in order to be like jesus, we need to fall in love with sinners... hmmmmm