God · Songs · Worship

The Art of Shaking it Out

There’s this song by Florence and the Machine called “Shake it Out”, and it’s a song I’ve always loved. But now, after the weekend I’ve had, it’s lyrics speak to me in a way that passes the secular meaning. The lyrics that stand out to me from the song are as follows:

“Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play
And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues drawn
It’s always darkest before the dawn
All of his questions, such a mournful sound
Tonight I’m going to bury that horse in the ground
Shake it out, shake it out
And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off
And I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m going to cut it out and then restart”

This weekend I started to shake some things out. It’s not pleasant to have your heart shaken out, someone told me just yesterday, but when it’s all over and you’ve been shaken all you can, all that will remain in us is worship to the one true God. And I know that my heart will be shaken my whole life, but after each shaking session, I’ll be lighter and little more of who God wants me to be. And in it all, I’ll grow closer to Him.

My want for this blog post is for the song to speak for itself. I don’t think I need to go into much detail, because the song says a lot and all my other thoughts are deep-and-personal-profound things that I’m not sharing on the internet (I will share about my fabulous new comfy pants, I will share about my love for quiche, but everyone has their limits, and we’ve found mine). So my advice is simply this: listen to the song, and shake it out, campers. Listen to it on repeat, dance to it on repeat, annoy those around you by playing this song on repeat.

I’m 90% sure Florence read my mind when she wrote this song,

Sarah xx

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