Control (somehow you want me) - Tenth Avenue North




The Experience: I'm not entitled... still you call me your child... God doesn't owe you. If anything, you owe him. But God still cares and still gives...



Music video: Lead singer Mike Donehey climbs barefoot through burning badlands of windformed limestone, following a call to the heights. But this search for God doesn't end in heaven. It leaves him alone at the top of a limestone spire, staring upwards: his efforts aren't enough to get him there. In the end, when he's given all he's got, he has to wait and hope for God to come down to him.

The Meaning of Control: Tenth Avenue North examines our intentions, obsessions and dreams... and discovers that we aren't strong enough to make them come true. That's why God's demand that we give up control isn't wrong - he's not asking us to give up our success. He's asking us to give up our failure - plans shattered and broken, things I have hoped in, fall through my handsFailure is a hard lesson - no one wants to admit they can't. But it frees us, because it affirms our dreams. When God offers to take the wheel it's because he wants to take us places we can't go on our own. And those are the exact places we've always dreamed of. That's what frees us to give up control.

Ask yourself: Why give up on your dream of perfect happiness just because you can't get there on your own?

Album: Followers (2016)

LYRICS:

Here I am, all my intentions
All my obsessions, I wanna lay them all down
In Your hands, only Your love is vital
Though I’m not entitled
Still You call me Your child

God, You don’t need me, but somehow You want me
Oh, how You love me, somehow that frees me
To take my hands off of my life and the way it should go
Oh, God, You don’t need me, but somehow You want me
Oh, how You love me, somehow that frees me
To open my hands up and give You control
I give You control

I’ve had plans shattered and broken
Things I have hoped in, fall through my hands
You have plans to redeem and restore me
You’re behind and before me
Oh, help me believe

You want me
Somehow You want me
The King of Heaven wants me
So this world has lost its grip on me

Oh, give You control
Oh, I want to give You control
I give You control

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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