So I’ve had this song in my iTunes library forever, but have just now begun to listen to the details. It’s by one of my favorite bands, The Fray. Many of their songs really have deep meaning and lyrics in them, overall they’re awesome. Here’s the lyrics to the song happiness:
“Happiness is just outside my window
Would it crash blowing 80-miles an hour?
Or is happiness a little more like knocking
On your door, and you just let it in?
Happiness feels a lot like sorrow
Let it be, you can’t make it come or go
But you are gone- not for good but for now
Gone for now feels a lot like gone for good
Happiness is a firecracker sitting on my headboard
Happiness was never mine to hold
Careful child, light the fuse and get away
‘Cause happiness throws a shower of sparks
Happiness da[r]n near destroys you
Breaks your faith to pieces on the floor
So you tell yourself, that’s probably enough for now
Happiness has a violent roar
Happiness is like the old man told me
Look for it, but you’ll never find it all
But let it go, live your life and leave it
Then one day, wake up and she’ll be home
Home, home, home”
If you look at this song from a Christian perspective, it is out of this world good.
In the beginning, he talks about how we have NO control over happiness, whether it’s knocking on our door or whizzing by. How true is this? It’s amazing how many times I expect “happiness” from Jesus. He doesn’t promise us that in the Bible. He promises us struggle once we’re His. Why do I constantly expect happiness when I was never promised it? We do know that contentment is possible with godliness as seen in 1 Timothy 6:6. Contentment is the choice. Happiness comes and goes, but you can choose contentment in Christ.
Then he says “gone for now seems a lot like gone for good.” I know this feeling for sure. Do you ever get in a dry patch with the Lord and just feel like you’ll never get back to where you were with him? We were encouraged at Newspring last week to COME HOME, if that’s the case for you. It may feel like you’re gone for good, not just gone for now. That’s never true. Jesus ALWAYS wants you, no matter where you’ve been, what you’ve gone through, what you’ve done or how you’ve sinned. He ALWAYS wants you to come home. ALWAYS.
In the third verse, Isaac talks about how unpredictable happiness is. It’s a firecracker. It’s not meant to be played with, or you can get hurt. Hold it too close and it will destroy you. You just can’t hold it too close.
The fourth verse is SO powerful. Happiness can break your faith. If we rely on happiness and not on Jesus for our well being, we get nowhere. We get nothing. We lose. So we have to tell ourselves “THAT’S ENOUGH FOR NOW.” If we don’t write off happiness as a necessity, it will get in the way of the only necessity we have: Christ.
The last verse is wise, because when you look at it from a saved point of view, you find happiness only at “home.” Heaven. Eternal joy and happiness. Sin won’t be there to tamper with it. It’s perfect. This is the awesome ending to the story. Earth doesn’t provide us perfection, but we one day will see it. GOD. We get to BE WITH HIM. I just can’t believe that!!! I hope and pray you’re as pumped about that as I am!
p.s. check out the videos…the first is of The Fray performing this song. The second is of the awesome “Come Home” poem/ rap done at newspring. Also, a link, providing even more thoughts on this song that helped me.