pocketful of [son]shine.

"I got a pocket, got a pocket full of sunshine,
I got a love that knows that it's all mine."
Natasha Bedingfield lyrics

Every now and then I hear a song that, though written for a secular genre, makes me think, "yea, that's how I feel... about the Lord". Our culture is quick to define love and true love in the context of 'boy meets girl' rather than 'broken heart meets God'. We do this because we are, as CS Lewis wrote, half-hearted creatures:

"We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” - C. S. Lewis

I think the same is true of our love relationships, as well. We are so often like ignorant children searching and settling for romantic idealism and what the world defines as love without ever truly knowing or experiencing the One love that will never leave us or forsake us. We compartmentalize our love of the Lord from our relationships instead of experiencing the peace and joy that is offered when our love for others becomes an extension of our love of Him.

All that to say, I was at the gym yesterday morning and the cool down track at the end of class was Natasha Bedingfield's catchy, "Pocketful of Sunshine". I've heard the songs so many times before, but this time, listening to each of the lyrics, I realized that so much of it had scriptural paralells and at the end of the song, I thought, "yea, I feel like that... about the Lord". Because no matter what life throws our way, in Christ, we truly have a pocketful of SONshine:

"I got a pocket, got a pocket full of sunshine,
I got a love that knows that it's all mine."
Take me away, a sweet escape
Take me away, to better days
a hiding place (He is my hiding place)

Wish that you could, but you ain't gonna own me
do anything you can to control me (I belong to Him)

There's a place where I go, where nobody knows, (He is my secret place)
Where the rivers flow, and I call it home. (He gives rivers of flowing water)
When there's no more lies, and darkness is light; (In Him, there is no darkness)
And nobody cries, there's only butterflies. (He will wipe away every tear)

The [Son] is on my side, take me for a ride; (He is for me)
I smile up to the sky, I know I'll be alright. (He works all things together)

As all of those bible verses began to flood my heart, I couldn't help wondering if Natasha Bedingfield knew the weight of her words. Later on, I looked her up on wiki and read that her career began in a Christian group...
"Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, 'Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.'" Jesus (John 7:38)

And even in the darkness of this world, you will have pockets of Sonshine. =)


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