Common Word, Common Lord

In the Name of God: The Eternally and Everlastingly Loving and Caring

There are many times that the songs I may happen to hear will cause me to frown. So much of popular music today is comprised of lyrics that are questionable (at the absolute best) in their morality and message. Yet, sometimes, a song will come along that strikes a deep chord in me. Such is the case with Echosmith’s song, “Bright”:

I think the Universe is on my side
Heaven and Earth have finally aligned
Days are good, and that’s the way it should be

You sprinkle stardust on my pillowcase
It’s like a moonbeam brushed across my face
Nights are good, and that’s the way it should be

And I see colors in a different way
You make what doesn’t matter fade to gray
Life is good, and that’s the way it should be

I also really like the chorus:

Did you see that shooting star tonight?
Were you dazzled by the same constellation?
Did you and Jupiter conspire to get me?
I think you and the moon and Neptune got it right, ‘cuz now I’m shining bright
So Bright. Bright, so bright.

Now, the song’s narrator feels this way because she is in love. In fact, she says to her lover: “I get lost in your eyes.” When I hear this song, however, I think of my “shining bright” in the love of God.

When one is enveloped by the warm, soothing love of God, it is only natural that she feels “the Universe is on [her] side,” and “Heaven and Earth have finally aligned.” When one is embraced by His love, it is only natural that he feels that both “days…nights are good.” It is only natural that one sees “colors in a different way” because God indeed makes “what doesn’t matter fade to gray.” When one is in the bright light of God’s love, life is good indeed, and “that’s the way it should be.”

In fact, when I hear that chorus, I see myself saying some of those exact words to the Beloved Himself: “Did You and Jupiter conspire to get me? I think You and the moon and Neptune got it right, ‘cuz now I’m shining bright.” I say this because: when I see “that shooting star tonight,” or that “constellation,” or Jupiter, “the moon and Neptune,” I can’t help but be dazzled by the beauty of God and His creation.

Everything in this Universe is but a reflection of His Beauty, His Glory, His Majesty. And so I can see myself asking God if He indeed used the beauty of Jupiter, and the moon, and Neptune to ensnare and engulf me more in His Love. For when I am rendered breathless by the creation of The Beloved, I am only further wanting to immerse myself in His Love.

And once I am blessed by His Love, I indeed shine “bright, so bright.”

Every time I hear this song, I feel so comforted because it makes me think of the Love of God and how beautiful it is. And how blessed I am to be living and breathing in it. And when I hear the last words of the song, “And I get lost in your eyes,” I make this prayer:

Lord, Beautiful Lord. Please let me get lost in the beauty of Your eyes and Face in the Hereafter!

Amen, my Beautiful, Beloved Lord. Amen.

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