Faith & Spirituality

This song played in the car today

It must’ve been 2008 or 2009 when I googled the lyrics of I Will Possess Your Heart by Death Cab (one of my favorite bands). One of the links I saw was a blog post about how the blogger imagines its lyrics as God speaking to him, resistant and stubborn to God’s reality in his life, particularly these lines:

“How I wish you could see the potential
The potential of you and me
It’s like a book elegantly bound
But in a language that you can’t read just yet”

Ironically, the song is about a stalker-ish, one-sided, obsessive love, but if you SWITCH your mindset and listen to the song from a godly perspective, you’ll recognize God speaking and showing you what His love is like: relentlessly and obsessively pursuing us, even those (and especially those) who resist Him.

The song goes on:

“You reject my advances and desperate pleas
I won’t let you let me down so easily
So easily
You gotta spend some time, love
You gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you’ll find love
I will possess your heart”

I was reminded of when I myself was resistant to God’s advances and would turn Him down outright— I wasn’t ready to comprehend a language I couldn’t understand just yet. It was only years later when God pursued me that I accepted God into my heart and it came when I made a decision to seek Him and be intentional in spending time to know Him.

The song has creepy and dark undertones and was inspired by the negative experiences of songwriter Ben Gibbard’s friends, but switch your mindset and see Romans 8:28 manifest: that God can use ALL things, good and bad, for His purpose. Indeed, unbeknownst to pareng Ben, God used his creepy and dark secular song as His unlikely vessel to speak of His love for us.

Listen to I Will Possess Your Heart by Death Cab for Cutie (the first 4+ minutes are all instrumental):