Yeah, it’s a line from a John Mayer song. Isn’t it amazing how people use music as a means of spreading social commentary. Watch the No Such Thing video and listen to the lyrics. I think he really captures a lie that we are told all the time: that we need to plot our lives out, in black and white. As if at one moment in your life, you know who you will be for the rest of your existence. As if you could possibly know how your passions will wane or transform. Like we live in a vacuum and nothing that we experience will change the way we view the world. As if a 22 year old knows exactly who she will be when she is 37 and should plan accordingly. I don’t even know who I will be when I am 27. I want to grow and be molded by different people’s experiences and their thoughts and joys. I want to converse with people about their passions and pick a little bit of that up and add it to the mix. It is such a beautiful thing- the way we hold on to different parts of people. It makes our hearts just a big mixture of our experiences and influences. I love that 20 years from now when my great-grandmother is with the Lord, I can laugh when I act ridiculously stubborn because it is a piece of her that has infiltrated my being.
John Mayer goes on to sing, “I’d like to think the best of me is still hiding up my sleeve.” And if that is true of me, I can’t plan for that person now. We will all just have to trust in the Lord enough to play the waiting game. It is quite an adventure. It is The Great Adventure… which happens to be one of the best songs in Christian pop music history, sung by Steven Curtis Chapman and found on his cd titled “Heaven in the Real World.” It all comes back to the real world. (and I have to say, I cannot listen to The Great Adventure without getting fired up. I know. I know. But it is true!)