Saturday, December 27, 2008

Up Around the Bend

There's a place up ahead and I'm goin' just as fast as my feet can fly.
Come away, come away if you're goin', leave the sinkin' ship behind.


Come on the risin' wind, we're goin' up around the bend.


Bring a song and a smile for the banjo, better get while the gettins' good.

Hitch a ride to the end of the highway where the neons turn to wood.


Come on the risin' wind, we're goin' up around the bend.


You can ponder perpetual motion, fix your mind on a crystal day,

Always time for a good conversation, there's an ear for what you say.


Catch a ride to the end of the highway and we'll meet by the big red tree,

There's a place up ahead and I'm goin, come along, come along with me.


Come on the risin' wind, we're goin' up around the bend.


Up around the bend ~ Credence Clearwater Revival.

Credence Clearwater Revival, belonged to a niche of artists called "Snipers." They were referred to as "snipers," because their songs were usually only 3 minutes long or less, and were delivered with the precision of a sniper's bullet.

One of CCR's bullets is "Up around the bend." There is nothing lurid, sexual, or immoral in the lyrics -- no "sinful" enticement. It's just a good tune with a simple message of optimistic restlessness, and it resonated with tens of thousands of people. There's a place up ahead and I'm goin' just as fast as my feet can fly Come away, come away if you're goin', leave the sinkin' ship behind.

At our core we resent settling down -- there is something unsettling about settling down. A completely safe and mastered environment doesn't bring the fulfillment expected. Rather than delivering a sense of contentment it creates more discomfort. We truly are not hard wired to forever live safe and sound -- we are wired to explore.

Yet, it seems that many believers have bought into the assertion that devotion to God means we douse any urge to expand our boundaries or take risks. It seems many have embraced the idea that there is something noble about grabbing a deck chair on a sinkin' ship, be it a church or ministry that has been sitting - and will continue to sit with its sails wound tightly around the mast. Forever looking like a ship -- but with no intentions of sailing into the deep.

Thank God there is another option . . .

There's a place up ahead and I'm goin' just as fast as my feet can fly Come away, come away if you're goin', leave the sinkin' ship behind.

1 comment:

  1. "A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for,"

    Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper.

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