I have lost count of the amount of times I have posted this song. It should probably tell me something that literally EVERY TIME I hear it, I pause and consider the words. It happened again today while cutting the grass. Right there by the shed, I had to stop and think about the phrase
Just how close can I get Lord, to my surrender without losing all control?
It gets me every time. This morning when I heard it I was reminded of something the lead singer of Casting Crowns, Mark Hall, posted on twitter while he was writing for their new album. He said:
When I am writing a song, I can always tell the difference between a Mark lyric and a God lyric. The God lyric is the one where I end up crying.
Something tells me that the song “Somewhere in the Middle” was one of those “God lyric” songs. It captures the essence of the struggle. It so eloquently states the battle that rages between wanting to surrender the control to God and yet still have the illusion of control. I say the “illusion of control” because at the end of the day, that is all that it really is. Who among us is really in control of what happens in their life? The reality is that we’re caught in the middle. That is why the last line of the song is so perfect.
Lord I feel you in this place and I know you’re by my side. Loving me even on these nights, when I’m caught in the middle
There is a peace that comes from knowing that while I might be caught in the middle and fighting like crazy to go one way or the other, God is still “lovin’ me”. To those in the middle, take the next 5 minutes and listen to this song. Let’s encourage one another to be more than “in the middle” and throughout the Journey.