Written by Dave Lenehan
I think we all have a favorite band that we would love to see embark on a reunion tour. Many have asked Sir Paul and Ringo to relive the Beatles. Many of the rock bands of the 70s and 80s continue to have immense success with all new tours. The production trade mags attest to that. Christian music fans finally experienced the long-awaited dcTalk reunion during the band’s special boat cruise last year. Now there are rumors of Cruise Part II coming up this summer. One band I’ll never forget that held a brief reunion tour a few years ago was the ska band Five Iron Frenzy (FIF).
If you’re not familiar with ska (the days of ska are sadly long gone), FIF was known for crazy stage antics, a lead singer named Reese and a saxophone player named Jeff the Girl. Sometimes, they would toss out a cardboard box with a watermelon in it for the audience to devour. FIF drew record crowds wherever they played. Their song titles matched their stage presence, “My Evil Plan to Save the World,” “One Girl Army,” “A Flowery Song” …you get the idea. One song, though, really stands out to me and I think communicates to us a poignant message – “Dandelions.” The second verse speaks a lot of truth about how a lot of us feels sometimes:
“Fathomless your endless mercy,
Weight I could not lift,
Where do I fit in this puzzle,
What good are these gifts?
Not a martyr or a saint
Scarcely can I struggle through
All that I have ever wanted,
Was to give my best to you.”
“…to give my best to you.” That’s what’s God’s looking for. Our best. As Pastor Craig Groeschel said once in a Convo message, “we’re often just idiots, just moving forward in life seeking God’s direction.” But giving God our best, I think, is what He seeks. And what does He do with that? Catch the chorus of “Dandelions”:
“Lord, search my heart,
Create in me something clean.
You see flowers in these weeds.”
Oh, yes, even our best can sometimes appear like a tangle of weeds. But in that, God finds flowers, finds something He can use, He can work with. He finds a heart to make clean.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10, NIV)