Snow Patrol, Chasing Cars: Are We Getting in the Way?

God is quite a complex being, at least that’s what it seems. There’s a whole college dedicated to studying Him and His ways. But it’s got me thinking, with all the different ideas of God, is it helping us or just getting in the way?

One of my favourite songs is Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars. It’s been stuck in my head lately, and as a Christian its message really hit me. It’s simply a song about forgetting about the complications of the world and just resting in the moment, enjoying things as they are. We have this tendency to make God out to be this big puzzle we have to crack open and understand in order to enjoy and love. We try to figure out who God is when He’s already revealed it to us on the cross.

I’ve talked about studying God, and at the same time neglecting Him, in another post, but today I just want to focus on the very thing this song portrays: pure love. I’m afraid our personal ideas on who God is and what the Bible says can cause arguments and division among Christians and can drive non-believers away when we let it become our focus, and it causes us to fight and build walls that hinder our love towards each other.

One of my favourite lines in the song is, I need your grace to remind me to find my own. If only we’d all cry out to just love the way it was meant to be. Without limitations.

I see this song as a call to let go of all we know and to just enjoy God for who He is, not who we think He should be, and to love others without expectations of what we think they should be. I think the song sums it up best in the line, All that I am and all that I ever was is here in your perfect eyes, they’re all I can see. 

So let’s forget the world and fix our eyes on Jesus. The only one who is unchanging. The only one who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And the best thing of all? We can’t change who He is. He reveals His love for us time and time again, and nothing we can do will change it. So maybe it’s time we stopped trying to.