There’s a new United Pursuit album coming out this week titled “Tell All My Friends,” and if the song “Let You Go” is any indication, it should be a good one.
I love the soulful spiritual genre of the song, but even more, I love what it says. I’ve talked about our need to move from a transactional god to a relational God here on this blog. This song captures the essence of making that journey, letting go of our narcissistic version of relationship for one of surrender and trust.
I don’t mean to plug my book, but this song gets to the heart of what I called, “Disciple Shift,” and I don’t think I could say what I want to say better than what I said there:
When we first come to God, we don’t see Him as He truly is. We see Him as we think He should be. We’re really only looking at an image of ourselves. We see Him as the God of our dreams who has come to rescue us, but not as He really is. Like Narcissus of Greek mythology, our heart is steadfastly fixed on our own reflection that defines everything we do and everything we think God should be in our lives. We are powerless to break this self-absorbed gaze by ourselves. Only Christ can free us from our reflected selves…
Our Disciple Shift, then, is about no longer relating to our own reflection, and calling it God, to beginning to see Him as He really is. It’s putting an end to the transactional arrangement we think we’ve made with Him and allowing Him to walk right into the middle of our deepest pain, sadness, and alienation.
It’s allowing Him to help us progressively muddle through our darkness and confusion and into His glorious light already residing in us.” (Sonshift: Everything Changes in the Father’s Embrace, p.65-67, emphasis added)
This is what I believe Will Reagan is much more succinctly telling us in the chorus of his song….
Help me let You go
Help me give up control
Of the god I have made you
when my fear has contained you
And in the second verse and end…
When the way is unclear and the answers illusive
He is different by far than our broken conclusions
You are not the god my pain has conceived
You are deeper and stronger than my eyes can see
You are with us now
You have always been
When we’re found without
You’re found within
Beloved, Christ Within You is always ready and willing to meet you in your deepest darkness, sadness, and disappointment. Truly, when you’re found without, He is found within. My prayer is that we can let go of the god we’ve made in our own image for the One who has already embraced us in His.
I hope you are blessed by this song as much as I am.