Taking It Deeper



Busy, busy me
Full of self-sufficiency
I have tried so fervently
To earn Your love
But any joy that I once found
Is wearing off, is winding down
And I can hear You in the madness calling out
When you say come rest, should I be working so hard
When you say love, rest, did You want hands or my heart
‘Cause I have done my best and still I’ve missed the mark
But I remember You said it’s done, so I come
So convinced that it was right
Adding weight to what was light
Seeking value in Your sight
But I was wrong
For all the labor I have done
Is but a candle to the sun
I can see that it would never measure up
Come to the water’s edge
I rest in Your promises
That all You ever wanted was me here
And if there’s nothing more that I can do
To earn the love I need from You
Than all I’ve left to want is to be near



The busyness of life can seem like a chain at times.   All of our commitments, our duties, our schedules can become so overwhelming that we feel weighted down like Marley’s ghost.  

That is our common perception of a chain - that it’s used to hold something down.   We think of prisoners, and slaves, and stuff attached to the bed of a truck.

But there is another use of a chain, and that’s to transfer power.   That’s what a bicycle chain does.   It moves the power from your legs into the rotation of a wheel.   A roller coaster chain takes a train to the top of a lift hill so that it can be on its way.

Think of this song with that perspective.   The verses remind us of things we’re chained to - our busy-ness, our desire for approval, the labor that never ends.   The chorus reminds us where our strength is renewed - in letting go of the chain, and resting in Him - just like a roller coaster train has to let go to run free.  

You can sum it up by saying a chain has two parts - holding on, and letting go, and this song reminds you to hold on to God, and let go of everything else.


Lindsay explains this song in the first three minutes of this video:


  • It’s funny how when we get what we want, we don’t want it anymore.
  • Like success.
  • We get it, and then we have to work so hard to maintain it.
  • In the book of Ecclesiastes it says that that is a chasing of the wind.
  • Ultimately, what we find to be truly successful isn’t all that wind chasing, but the cooling breeze of God’s grace, peace, and rest.


  • Does it feel like you’re on a treadmill with the speed control cranked up to “high”
  • It’s difficult to do multiple things when you’re running.
  • And it gets INCREASINGLY difficult if you’re ALWAYS running.
  • This is (That was) a song about getting off of life’s treadmill, to accomplish something truly amazing - spending time with God.


  • Mother Teresa once said “If we really want to pray, we must first learn to listen.”
  • Unfortunately it’s hard to listen when the busy-ness of life is ringing loud in our ears.
  • Maybe you could practice listening in the next four minutes while this song plays...   let these words drown out the busy-ness.
  • Then maybe tonight you can try getting to bed early, and practice the rest that this song talks about.


    Scripture References

    Matthew 11:28

    “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”


    Matthew 6: 25-27

    Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.


    Ecclesiastes 1:14

    I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about your to-do list today.   Is “spend time with God” on it?


    Talk about being CEO of the (YOUR NAME) Universe.   Should you be CEO, or should God?   Are you afraid to give up control?   Why?


    Describe a time when you practiced silence.   Was it beneficial to you?   If so, why don’t you do it more often?



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