This week’s song is “Wide Awake” by Chris Cornell.  Chris Cornell lead the 90’s band “Soundgarden.” For those of who appreciate 90’s rock music, you should remember the song “Black Hole Sun.” Aside from the fact Chris has an amazing voice, this song really stirred me.

You can a look a hurricane right in the eye.
1200 people dead or left to die.
Follow the leaders, were it an eye for an eye we’d all be blind.
Deaf or murdered, and this I’m sure in this uncertain time.

So come pull the sheet over my eyes
So I can sleep tonight
Despite what I’ve seen today.
I found you guilty of a crime, of sleeping at a time
When you should have been wide awake.

We can reflect on our life in one moment taking everything in and within a blink of an eye, it can be over. We live in uncertain times.  How often do we  close our eyes to the things we don’t want to see or pretend don’t exist? I do .. everyday. Sometimes I just want to close my eyes forever to a life that I’ve been a victim of.  Instead I’m forced to open my eyes to those things, awakened by the life that is happening around me whether I choose to accept it or not. Because as precious as our life is, it’s also unfair, senseless, and tiring.

Down on the road the world is floating by.
The poor and undefended left behind.
While you’re somewhere trading lives for oil,
As if the whole world were blind, hey.

Life is happening whether we pay attention or not.  While we are living life in our expensive cars and worrying over our next vacation spot, there are people suffering in the reality that we choose to avoid and ignore. We are blind and we don’t know how blessed we really are.

Come pull the sheet over my eyes
So I can sleep tonight
Despite what I’ve seen today
I found you guilty of a crime of sleeping at a time
When you should have been wide awake
Wide awake! Wide awake! Wide awake! Wide awake!

It’s easier to walk around oblivious to what is happening around me and the world that exists outside my door. I am guilty of keeping my eyes closed and shutting out the reality that I hate. In those times I remember God and my faith. As cliche’ as it is, I know He has a purpose and plan, and it’s one that I try not to force or understand. I’m not supposed to. While I want to close my eyes and wish it all away, my eyes are opened.

I’m wide awake. 

Are you?