He’s… BEartsy!

One movie we love to re-watch every once in a while is “Bolt”.  It’s about a dog who stars in a hit sci-fi/action TV show, but believes that it is all real.  …At least, until he gets loose in a bid to save his owner/co-star, who he thinks is in danger.  He meets up with a cat and a hamster, and begins his journey to reality.

At one point, the three are hitching a ride inside a mobile home that is being moved on a highway.  The hamster, named Rhino, starts talking into the duct work about how awesome he is, finally declaring that he’s BEawesome (a mashup of “beyond awesome”)!

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My kids like listening to KLove, a Christian music station.  They have their favorite artists and songs, and their not-so-favorites.  They aren’t crazy about Jamie Grace, because of the way she words some things.  They like a lot of Hillsong, such as “Oceans” by Hillsong United.  They like old Newsboys hits like “Shine”, but some of their new stuff is less clear, and they don’t like it as much.  “Let Them See You” by JJ Weeks Band is one they like.  One Sonic Society’s “Never Once” is a favorite, and I really like that one, too.

They don’t like what we call “Jesus is my boyfriend” songs, or songs that are too nebulous.  “If a guy can sing it to a girl in the backseat of a car, it isn’t worship,” Shay told them.  Very true.

My beloved Shay and I have introduced Galadriel and Bunny-Wan Kenobi to some of our older favorites, as well.  Actually, a lot of that happened when they found a stash of old CDs and started playing them.  So I guess you can’t say that we introduced them, more that they helped themselves.

They discovered Steve Camp, Margaret Becker, Newsboys, Twila Paris, and Michael Card, among others, nearly wearing out our old disks.  A lot of it is good, but now and then they’d come across a song that seemed to use great music and a lot of words to say not very much.

Shay would nod his head, remembering the song they were talking about, and would remind them of something Margaret Becker said once upon a time.  I can’t remember the exact words, and can’t find them, but it was something to this effect:  “Musicians are artists, and artists are weird.”  Maybe those are the exact words.  Being a musician herself, she could say this with authority, and I’m sure many of us have read biographies of musicians that have borne out what she said.

As long as the majority of an artist’s songs are clear and good, we don’t mind the occasional departure into artsy-ness.

So when the kids started asking me about a song they were hearing, and wanting me to listen to it and look up the lyrics, I figured it was something like that.  The artist was saying something in an artsy way, and I’d be able to decipher it for them.

The song was called “Jesus in Disguise”, by Brandon Heath.  Hey, I think I already know what this song’s about, without even hearing it.  Wouldn’t it be about how we who are saved are all representatives of Christ wherever we go, being His hands and feet, going and doing His work, loving and helping others, taking His message of salvation to those who need to hear?  Jesus in Disguise.  That’s us, or, at least, it ought to be.  It was simple.

They dragged me into Galadriel’s room one day when the song came on.  I listened, but had to admit that I didn’t really get it.  “I’ll look the lyrics up,” I told them.  I was sure that would clear everything up.  I just missed something.  The key to the song.  The one piece that would cause the rest to fall into place.

I looked it up and read it.  As I sat there spinning my wheels, the kids came up and asked if I had figured it out.  I didn’t answer right away, so they started reading.  When they were finished, we had the interesting experience of all being completely incapable of understanding what we had read… together.

Reprinted from the KLove website:

Jesus in Disguise, by Brandon Heath

Ever get something in your head
It’s nothing you’ve heard, or something you’ve read
Ever had a cut, but you never saw a blade
Brought to your knees, but you never prayed

(Chorus)
Jesus in disguise
Jehovah passing by
The burden of a tear
Hanging in your eye
Jesus in disguise
A scar across the sky
You were looking for a king
You would never recognize
Jesus in disguise

Ever feel like you’ve been somewhere before
You hold the key, you know which door
Speak the word your lips have never known
Because your heart told you so

Chorus

So open my eyes, wide as I can
Blind as I am, blind as I am
So open my eyes as wide as I can
Blind as I am, blind as I am

Jesus in disguise
Jesus in disguise

Obviously, it meant something to Brandon Heath, or he wouldn’t have written it.

Later that evening, I was putting the kids to bed, and we started talking about it again.  Galadriel called Brandon Heath “artsy”, and I replied, “Artsy?  He’s beyond artsy!”

After seeing the little clip from “Bolt” above, you can guess what came from Bunny-Wan Kenobi next:  “He’s BEartsy!”

Which, of course, had us all laughing for several minutes.

In all fairness to Brandon Heath, we do like his song “Give Me Your Eyes”.


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