I had just dropped my oldest off at her art lesson, and was driving through her art teachers neighborhood, when I noticed a dad and his little one taking a walk hand in hand. My first thought was, “How fun to see a father take the time to enjoy the beautiful weather with his child.” My second thought was “that guy has a great haircut!” Can you tell I’m a hair stylist?:)
Then I realized I recognized this man with great hair–he was David Zach, lead singer of “Remedy Drive.” It was at this point where I told my 2 youngest girls who it was and they both freaked out (they are big fans) and twisted their little bodies around in their seat belts and stretched their necks up to peer out the back window. We were at a stop sign so their peeking lasted a while and I had to smile at their excitement.
I, too, am a big fan of Remedy Drive. There is so much depth not just in their lyrics, but also in who they are. They are a band of 4 brothers, with crazy musical talent! My husband works with Dan Zach’s (the drummer’s) wife, and knowing her and her amazing heart makes me an even bigger fan of the band.
Remedy Drive just wrapped up the Rock & Worship Roadshow, where they toured with MercyMe, David Crowder Band, Family Force 5, Francesca Batttistelli, Fee and Sidewalk Prophets. I would have loved to have seen that!
They just released a new video and song, and it is a good one! It is called “Rescue.” They wrote it with Dan Haseltine and Steven Mason from Jars Of Clay. It features footage shot in downtown Nashville before the recent flood left the historic area devastated.
The lyrics really spoke to me, and verbalized much of what I have been thinking about lately. I’ve been thinking about what an amazing, beautiful thing it is when we are able to get real with each other and talk about struggles. How beautiful it is when one can lift another up.
Have you noticed that it can make certain people uneasy when life’s struggles are talked about? It is almost like there is this “no talk” rule, that we are to keep our problems or what we are wrestling through, to ourselves, and pretend that we have it all together and life is peachy.
I personally think this is a sure fire way to stay stagnant in life.
I think of the Apostle Paul, and how often he got real in his letters and expressed “I do the things I do not want to do.” I think of Kind David, whose cries for help and surrender, and admittance of fault and brokenness, fill the pages of the Psalms. They were real. They were vulnerable. They were public with their faults. They understood they didn’t have it all together and were in desperate need of a Saviour.
So why is there so much pressure, (often within the walls of the church!) to portray that we are doing ok?
I can answer yes to all three of those questions.
There is a reason why Jesus came and did what He did for us. We are broken. We are in need of a Saviour. We will not be perfect until we get to Heaven, so why is there so much pressure to be? In my own life, perfectionism is something that has stalled my growth for years. I see it now. I am in the process of dealing with it and learning to live differently. I am so thankful to have people in my life that do not expect perfection, and will call me out when they see me pretending. These are people who see that, as the song says, “Our weakness won’t divide us.” If anything, the idea of keeping our weakness to ourselves is what will cause division. When weakness is shared, it leads to growth. When we expose our true selves, we are being honest with one another, and that is the place where the our rescuer comes in and shows us our need for Him, and we realize we are not alone.