When I was ten or so, my parents registered me for piano lessons because one of my friends was doing it. It was interesting for six weeks, until the teacher – a 60 something who wore his hair long, but because he wore glasses, he was less hip and more Ben Franklin – took away the numbers next to the notes (the numbers let you know what finger to press).
That day, I went home crying to my parents that I didn’t want to do piano, and eventually, Mom relented (took a long time). Finally, some 30 years later, I’m interested in learning again. 🙂
This is one of those songs that knocks your socks off the first time you hear it, even though you don’t know exactly what it means. I still am not sure.
I think it is about an epiphany that our life struggle is a part of God’s process for us, and this is the lyrical and musical result. The singer announces recognition that God could easily pick us up at our lowest points, but the singer is telling Him – just keep me safe enough – but let me experience this pain and learn.
Lord, show us how to die so that we can be more like you. Amen.