This song is meant to express the reality of God’s heart for every person. I was trying to craft every phrase in the verses to be a challenging truth, with space to think about each one. I’ll go through this one line by line and give some thoughts.
“We are treasure, we’re hiding and shining”
I struggle with valuing myself in a deep way. I prioritize myself very well, but I have trouble accepting the redemption and worth that is given to people through Jesus. Do I believe God views us as a treasure that is yet to be truly found, and fully valued? Yes.
“We are hostages, we’re captive. Alive.”
The idea of being held somewhere against my will, is something I can relate to the human experience. Through the difficult parts of life, we may feel isolated, but God knows where we are and will get us out of those dark places.
“We’re falling down, but crawling toward your beckoning”
I am drawn to people who make faith seem like it isn’t easy. This is a major piece of who I am as an artist, and person, and I think I needs to be said more often. We call our faith a “walk”, but it usually feels more like falling, crawling or searching. Faith is deeply good and beneficial, but it is not always fun or easy. Let’s not leave that out of the songs about faith, I say.
“Until we hear your mystery, your bellows”
We hear as a means of communication, yes. I love the Idea of God communicating through mystery.
“Over the mountains, through the shadow and through the shade, We hear “Do not be afraid””
After we made this song, someone said “Aren’t shadows and shade the same thing?”
and the answer is: sort of, but not really. Imagine the feelings that each of those things give you. Shade is a pleasant relief, and shadows are ominous and sometimes scary. I enjoy imagining God saying the same type of comforting words to people in all different types of emotional, mental and physical places.
“There is the voice worth listening”
Grammatically, it’s weird, yes. But it refers to the many voices that are available to listen to and that there is only one that is worth listening to.
“The syllables in your soul”
I’m at a point where sometimes I hear what I believe to be the voice of God. It sounds like the things that make up my soul, my values, my thoughts, filtered through what I understand to be true about God. When I was young, I expected the voice of God to be big and booming and obvious, I believe that happens to some people, but for most of us- it’s right inside us that the voice exists.
“There is a love worth mimicking, the embracing of another”
This line is the mission of this song. This line is the mission of Christianity.
“There is an eye on everyone hiding in every hole”
I love picturing people who are seriously alone, like living under a bridge in the middle of nowhere, being seen a known by God just as easily as anyone else. I also like the mystery of “an eye” because it could suggest that God has one Eye that sees everyone, or an eye for every person. Both are pretty weird images, I know.
“We are fault lines, we’re splitting and shifting”
We are crammed together and restless, divided. You get it.
“We are Islands, Connected below.”
I love this line. It suggests that we are all unaware of how strongly linked we are to all other people. In this political stage our nation is is, that seems overwhelmingly true and relevant.
“You are the source that satisfies, and you’re still hard to recognize
You are clarity to my sight, and you’re still hard to recognize
Though you’re so over-advertized, you are so hard to recognize”
These lines are acknowledging how it’s very easy to miss God. In some ways, He is elusive.
So I like the idea of saying something that is affirming Him, and in the same sentence acknowledging that I am missing what He’s doing sometimes. For me, that has been a huge part of my faith- constantly evaluating out how to let the skepticism and doubts coexist with the deep, fulfilling beauty of this faith. That’s where I think faith gets REALLY good.