Sunday, January 9, 2011

Lucky

What, pray tell, is more affirming than finding spiritually enlightening 
lyrics in a secular song?  

Jason Mraz's song "Lucky (ft. Colbie Caillat)" has been stuck in my head for several months and I finally started listening to the lyrics: 

Man: Do you hear me? I'm talking to you. Across the water across the deep, blue ocean, under the open sky. Oh my, baby I'm trying...
Woman: Boy I hear you in my dreams. I feel your whisper across the sea. I keep you with me in my heart. You make it easier when life gets hard.
Both: I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend. Lucky to have been where I have been. Lucky to be coming home again...

The first several times I heard "Lucky," it sounded like every other cute love song about falling for a best friend. Sorry I doubted you, Mraz: after I put the words into context, I see it's a song written to someone Mraz doesn't know but for whom he's waiting!

It's about the conviction and height of Love that we foresee for our future spouses! The affirming discovery ties in perfectly with a letter-writing habit I've had for the last few years and which I shared with my first Theology of the Body for Teens class in September.

My mom suggested that I write a letter to my future spouse at the tender age of 18, which made a great impact on how I live the social portions of my life. The first letter probably began, "Hi, this feels dumb, but I wanted to write you a letter from my first dorm room..."

It helped me start developing a list of non-negotiable qualities, of future arguments and laughing fests, of the future love of the taste of blood, and conviction for our mutual relationship in Christ.

"They don't know how long it takes, waiting for a love like this... I'll wait for you, I promise you. I will. I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend..."

Write a letter to him or her while you're waiting for him or her. You know how hard it is to wait, but if you shoot for that kind of height, that kind of feeling and commitment, you won't disappoint yourself.

Even if you write a letter to a future spouse and your call is to be a priest or a religious, the objective is the same. If you're aimed at and running towards God, you'll have the same path and conviction about your call.

If you've read this whole post, but you still haven't heard the song: watch the official video!

12 comments:

not a minx, a moron, or a parasite said...

Aww, maybe I'll write a letter to my future husband today...

Elizabeth said...

Yay! You should! It feels weird at first, but you know you're talking to someone who loves you with all his heart. I write one every few months to let him know where I am in my spiritual life.

The mystery is: when do I give them to him?

vercfamily said...

Now I finally know where those lyrics come from (I have seen them quoted before)! I am now listening to the song on repeat :). Thanks be to God I have found my love! Along with letter writing, praying specifically for your spouse is always good...I did a lot of that before meeting Luke.

Liesl said...

I'm not a fan of Colbie Caillat, but I really love Jason Mraz and this song... and I've always thought it meant something a bit more! That's a cool idea to write letters to your future spouse... something to give him later on!

Elizabeth said...

Oh I should have added praying for them! Good suggestion!

Liesl- Make sure you store the letter in a safe place!

Kevin said...

I want to see you relate the Britney Spears version of "Lucky" to religion... it's actually not a bad song.

Does the letter have to be hand-written or can it be typed?

Elizabeth said...

Wow, Katie thought I was talking about that song when I was explaining this. Youngest kids, I tell ya.

You can type it, but you run the risk of someone else reading it if you don't keep it in a safe place.

not a minx, a moron, or a parasite said...

I always think of him and pray for him, especially when I feel that urgent-prayer-needed tingling.

TheAlmostMrsBrastad said...

I absolutely love this song. I am definitely lucky I'm in love with my best friend. I wish I had written something to my future spouse when I was younger.....

Elizabeth said...

@Sav- I remember we read my diary together (ummm) when we were in middle school, but I can't remember if you used to keep one. Maybe there's something in there to show him?

Liesl said...

Have you heard "Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Buble? Very much about the future spouse!

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely, I have. I love Mr. Buble and I love that song!

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