Let’s waste time chasing cars

I recently witnessed Ed Sheeran perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. He’s quite the entertainer, but this post isn’t about him.

This post concerns his opening act: Snow Patrol.

When I was in high school, Snow Patrol became popular. Their hit song “Chasing Cars” was on everyone’s lips, but their popularity ultimately faded as they failed to produce new music.

They became forgettable.

So when I heard that they would be opening up for Ed, I was annoyed. Snow Patrol was old news. I didn’t care that they had a new album; I didn’t want to hear it. In my mind, opening acts should be for bands who are up and coming, and as far as I was concerned, Snow Patrol’s ship had already sailed.

But on the day of the concert, when they finally started to strum, drum, and sing, I couldn’t help but notice their fervency. Between songs, the lead singer communicated that it had taken them seven years to release a new album. He joked about how incredible their new music had to be since they had made their fans wait so long.

This got me thinking about time. I, too, have my own seven year gaps, secret dreams that drift, hoping to rescued, valued, and tended.

When the band finally performed “Chasing Cars,” it didn’t matter that seven years had passed.

We still knew every word.

Nobody cares about your dreams…

“Nobody cares about your dreams as much as you do.” – Rachel Hollis

If you’ve read my blog post about podcasts I’m currently listening to, then you know Rachel Hollis is currently an influential figure in my life.

I recently pre-ordered her new book, Girl, Wash Your Face, and I cannot wait for it to arrive this February! Each chapter begins with a lie she once believed such as, “I’ll start tomorrow, I’m a bad mom, or I need a drink.”

Although Rachel and I are at completely different points in our lives, her quote about dreams resonated with me.

Her point is that we cannot depend on people out in the business world, our spouses, significant others, friends, or even our moms to love our dreams as much as we do. Don’t get her wrong, she encourages people to find support in others, but sometimes our dreams will cause us to walk alone.

My dream is to become a published author. I know that as I pursue this goal, there will be several close friends and family members that will have my back, but I’m also growing more and more aware that most of the physical work will be accomplished on my own.

Except, I’m never truly alone. I know my writing ability is a gift from God, and my confidence is in Him. This past summer, I recognized that when I’m prompted to speak, I regularly pull a Moses.

Then Moses said to the LORD, ‘O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

How I love God’s response…

“So the LORD said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”

If you know the whole story, Moses manages to squeeze in one more “send someone else,” and the Lord directs Aaron to help Moses.

I can definitely relate with Moses’ lack of confidence, but I’m also aware that God empowers and uses the weak.

xoxo

T. Shaw

P.S My posting schedule was supposed to be Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, but that lasted a week. I’ll be posting when I can.