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.
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...
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.
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!