Traces of the Gospel Pt. 4

“Rain Drops Keep Fallin on My Head” performed by B.J. Thomas is a classic song of the early 70s. It’s definitely country’ish but has pop/adult/70s singer-songwriter appeal to make it one of the most recognizable songs in pop-culture. Even better, the song is relatively short spanning less than 3 minutes, which isn’t much of a surprise for songs in that era.

Song mainly addresses the songwriter’s despondency regarding events that aren’t going well and life doesn’t seem to be shaping up too good either. Despite the “raindrops” falling upon him and not catching a break, he knows happiness will eventually come.

One of my favorite lines of the song says

Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’

Because I’m free

Nothin’s worryin’ me”

In our lives, we’re so determined to control every aspect and micromanage everything, but wouldn’t life be simpler if we adopted this mindset? There are things we can’t control beyond our power, but yet we try to in many ways. Instead, what if we stepped back and didn’t devote that extra worry or sense of anxiety to whatever it might be. How different would many people’s blood pressure be if they just didn’t become fixated on uncontrollable circumstances?

No matter how many tears shed, we’re not God nor do we have His power and knowledge. Boy, how easy difficult situations would turn easy if we did. But we don’t have those attributes and that’s a good thing! Instead, Jesus told us plainly, “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today (Mat. 6:34).” God simply asks that we, as the Negro spirituals would say, “lay our burdens down” to Him.

I find those lyrics to be comforting more and more nowadays as many things can easily offset my balance. How we need to address life without worries. It’s better to just embrace perseverance and fortitude than being stumped under by roadblocks.

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5 comments

  1. Oh my gosh! When I began experimenting with video editing years ago, I needed to pick a song to express some of the struggles only I know my mom went through as a child, while at the same time conveying hope.

    We dressed her granddaughters at different stages of her life and visited the farm in Illinois where she worked as a migrant worker in order to do a short video/photo montage of a much longer personal family video.

    It’s very ametuer but that song holds a special place with me. If I can find time to upload that part, I’ll share with you.

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