Friday, May 12, 2006

Intrigued by the paths we choose...

As a tradition of mine, I select one of my many Jars of Clay cds for my trip to work. This morning was Furthermore: From the Studio From the Stage - double CD. I selected 'From the Studio'... Track 7 is a song called "Redemption" – usually I skip it, although I like the acoustics.

I was in that place where I was paying attention to the lyrics.

I was intrigued with the lyrics that talk about taking wrong turns in life, but ending up right where we are supposed to be.

the joys in life's journey are often hidden in a landscape we can't always see...

I don’t consider the roads I took to be all wrong, but I know they weren't always the ones I should have turned on. As with many, there are quite a few roads I wish I could have made a u-turn on as a way to start over. We look back, we look forward, we look next to us - yet, there isn't any 'map' to guide us. However, what we do have is God/prayer, family, friends, and dreams to lead us.
(emphasis - mine)

We made it to a strange town
Going down the wrong road
Like any story retold
Couldn't find a common ending

We're way gone, be gone, looking for our own way

We needed a distraction
You said you were redemption

We knew it as a wrong turn
We couldn't know the things we'd gain
When we reach the other border
We look out way down past the road we came from

We're looking for redemption
It was hidden in the landscape
Of loss and love and fire and rain
Never would have come this way

Looking for redemption

We were looking out past the road we came from

Looking at redemption
Hidden in the landscape
Of loss and love and fire and rain
Never would have come this way

Looking for redemption
In the eyes of sorrow, eyes of rage
What a sordid histories they played

The drama of redemption

© Jars of Clay
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”
~ Robert Frost

“...These are life-altering conversations that change the direction of our path; changes that determine how smooth the road will be ahead.
Reality and recognition become clear as reflection begins. An epiphany is the result.
We are left standing before our new path, not always fully grasping how we got there.”

~ Chad Bring
Excerpt from the preface of Left Standing


Anonymous said...

So, true Chad! I thought about this week in Grand Island. I know I have made the choice but how the choice turns out is to be determined. I have been thinking of that this week.
Have a great weekend!

Adam said...

I'm reading the book 'Body Piercing Saved My Life' about the Christian music industry...its a very good read, I think you'd enjoy it, remind me to get it to you when I'm done with it...