Reflections on “Anyway”

Martina McBride Anyway American IdolYou can spend your whole life building something from nothing
One storm can come and blow it all away
Build it anyway
You can chase a dream that seems so out of reach and you know it might not ever come your way
Dream it anyway

God is great, but sometimes life ain’t good
And when I pray it doesn’t always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway, I do it anyway

This world’s gone crazy and it’s hard to believe that tomorrow will be better than today
Believe it anyway
You can love someone with all your heart, for all the right reasons, and in a moment they can choose to walk away
Love ‘em anyway

You can pour your soul out singing a song you believe in that tomorrow they’ll forget you ever sang
Sing it anyway, sing it anyway

I sing, I dream, I love, anyway

I’ve been listening to this song over and over the past few days since I first heard it. Wow. I think all good art is something that passes from one soul to another, and says something both true and important about the nature of being human and/or the nature of God. This song is good.

We all tend to lose heart, become discouraged, and wonder “Why bother?” sometimes. Why? Because we live in a fallen world, because “this world’s gone crazy” and “life ain’t always good.” She speaks of reaching for personal goals, looking ahead to the future, commiting your love to another, and trying to touch people’s hearts. In all of these quests of the heart, there’s no guarantee of success as we define it, even if we petition God (“when I pray it doesn’t always turn out like I think it should”).

But the hingepoint of the song is that “God is great.” This is the same conclusion that Job came to in the midst of his confusion and distress, and the conclusion that David repeatedly came to in the Psalms. The greatness and justice of God is also the foundation Jesus gives in Luke 18:1-8 as He encourages us to pray and not lose heart.

Listen to this song, and remember that because of God’s greatness, we have a firm foundation, an unwavering reason to continue to sing, to dream, to love, anyway.

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