As promised this week's song is by Switchfoot. Did you ever notice how after you go to a concert, the people you went to see become your new favorite band because you feel like you know them better? That has made this week's song choice the hardest ever. Should I choose an older song or a less popular song from their new album so that you'll here something less current? Or should I go for an obvious choice, one of their current hits? After days and days of debating in my brain, I finally settled for the obvious choice, Restless...perhaps their most frequently played song in recent weeks. I just can't get over how poetic this song is...and again there is a UK connection.
Not only did I get to see them perform this song in the UK last week, this song was written in the UK, last year I've heard. When the band visited the UK, they of course experienced the rain that frequents this island. Jon Foreman, the lead singer, looked at the rain and thought about the tenacity that each drop must have to find its way to the ground, to the stream, to the river and ultimately to the ocean. That got him thinking about things that he longs for in this life, things that he is "restless" for.
The interesting thing that I find about Switchfoot is that they never mention God or Jesus in any of their songs. But He is definitely implied in almost every single one. Their songs really make you think, you can relate to the words and there is always a positive message.
So we can be restless for our Lord, waiting for him anxiously....but in that pursuit we can find our purpose that God intended for us. And for many people, including myself, that purpose still remains a mystery. What was I made for, God? Am I on the right path? I believe that this restlessness, though uncomfortable, will lead us to do great things for God, for people, and the world, and therefore help us find and fulfill our purpose.
May you recognize what you are restless about and use that feeling to do something wonderful. I pray that we will all enjoy an end to our restlessness as we discover God's presence in this world and eventually get to meet Him face-to-face on day.