My very favorite Dixie Chicks song is “Cowboy, Take Me Away.” I used to think it was about a real cowboy and I’d imagine what he looked like as he swooped in on his white horse and carried Natalie away to some field where they’d lay holding hands among the blue bonnets. Then one day I was listening with new ears and suddenly chills went up and down my arms as I realized that they aren’t singing about some ordinary cowboy, they’re singing about God. Once I realized that the song became even more beautiful.
My very favorite verse is:
“I said wanna touch the earth. I wanna break it in my hands. I wanna grow something wild and unruly.”
I’m pretty sure that one of the ways God connects with us is by giving us seeds. Those seeds might come through watching a TV show or movie, reading a book, conversing with a friend, hearing the still small voice within during a quiet moment, or they spring forth like a phoenix rising from the ashes after a tragedy. These seeds are inspired ideas that make us feel ALIVE. They are the ideas that make you think this is it…this could change everything. Once we get the seeds it is up to us to plant them. I think when we decide to plant the seeds we must be fearless because there is a pretty good chance we will grow something wild and unruly. But if we look at our history, at the people and ideas that had the most positive impact on our society, we will see that so much of it was (at times) wild and unruly. I think God works like that. It’s about having the faith and courage to stick with it and see it through to the end. It’s not as easy as growing a garden. With a garden, you buy the seeds and the package (or salesman) provides you with the answers at the time of purchase. You know what will grow and how long it will take. When God gives you seeds there are no immediate answers, the planting is a leap of faith. But if you take that leap, no matter how wild and unruly it seems to be, you will end up closer to heaven and closer to him!