A brief, lopsided, musical tour of wandering — #1word5voices #rethinkchurch #40days #path

If you could pick a favorite road trip album, excluding a playlist, what would it be?  It’s a controversial toss up for me, but a strong front runner would have to be U2’s Joshua Tree.  There are so many great songs on there and they even fit the road trip theme well.

Ever been lost in a random neighborhood in Tallahassee, looking for your uncle’s house AND THEY DON’T HAVE STREET SIGNS??  “Where The Streets Have No Name” is for you.

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” is perfect for when you still can’t find Uncle Kenny’s house–and when you’re looking for meaning (and you happen to wear large sunglasses).

Then there’s “Running to Stand Still,” a great song depicting someone’s lover going down a dark path.

While you’re driving, try not to get goose bumps while listening to “In God’s Country” if you are in the Rockies, New Mexico, or anywhere else other than a Tallahassee neighborhood!

Often, music is what keeps me sane while I’m driving.  Right now, I’m ready to punch Google Maps in the face because of the backwards directions it’s given me lately.  It’s literally sent me in a circle recently.  When you’re lost, nothing is more frustrating.  Having a good album or 10 in my car is essential.

Finding the path we’re supposed to be on is something we all existentially struggle with at different times in life.  Teenagers start asking the question, “What am I going to do with my life?”  When a mid-life crisis hits a middle-aged dad?  Look out for that inevitable sports car.  There are many times in life when we are wandering, not knowing where we should go, or even want to go (“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”).  Some times, we know exactly where we’re headed, à la No Sleep Til Brooklyn.  There is an excitement, along with relief, for when we have a clear direction.

When we experience confusion or lack of faith, we need to seek out The Great Shepherd.  The LORD offers us the best path to take.  God leads us for His name’s sake, as Psalm 23 says.  It’s true that Scripture doesn’t give us specific directions to our specific destination.  There are Joshua Tree times when we pray and seek and feel like we don’t get a response.  Those are frustrating times, especially if we are in a place where we want to follow Christ’s calling on our life.

God’s Word gives us guidelines to for how to live and how to cultivate attitudes that draw us to God’s intended path.  Keeping this in mind, we need to remember that when the psalm says God’s Word is a light or lamp unto our path, the kind of lamp they had would have only given enough light to see a few steps ahead.  It implies that we need to trust God that He is taking us down a path safely.  When we are earnestly seeking out God, God will lead.

Gungor’s “Wandering,” from their I Am Mountain, depicts everyone’s need to have a path with firm footing.  The song is a plea for guidance, a hand reaching out to God.  If you’re sick of wandering, the love Christ has for us is enough for whatever path you’re on.  He is our shepherd and shepherds always want what’s best for their flock.  Even when you don’t see where He’s leading, have faith that He is.


The other #1word5voices crew reflecting during Lent are: Shawn, Lindsay Evans, Heather Kostelnick, and Stephanie Mutert.

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About Brian Swanson

Christ follower. Screw up. Stained with grace. Ruined by Jesus.
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1 Response to A brief, lopsided, musical tour of wandering — #1word5voices #rethinkchurch #40days #path

  1. Thanks for sharing. I love the story of the Joshua Tree and what makes it grow.

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