(nothing by Mariah Carey. or The Carpenters. that’s not good.)
but my favorite song this holiday season has been a song that is not holiday-ish in nature at all.
it’s called “Say Something” by a band named A Great Big World.
(to understand where i want to go with this post, watch/listen to the end.)
in the words of one of my favorite theologians, “i’m not a smart man,” but it seems this song is about a man who is waiting for his lover to say something that will change their relationship forever. if she doesn’t say it, he has to give up.
and so he implores her…say something.
this is a song about hope.
even until the very end of the song, he holds on to the hope that she will say something. throughout the song, the chorus goes: “say something, i’m giving up on you.”
but at the end, the last words of the song are “say something.” there is no “i’m giving up on you.” he holds on to hope until the very end.
i am not trying to over-spiritualize anything, but i wonder if this is how people felt as they waited on God. He had made some great promises about the coming of a King…a Savior…One who would save God’s people.
but He had been quiet for lots of years. nearly 400 of them.
and then, seemingly out of nowhere, there are rumblings under the surface. a baby is born to an old woman who would grow up to prepare the way for the Lord.
a young, poor, peasant teenager grows a baby inside her womb without ever being intimate with a man.
and an angel appears to lowly shepherds, with the glory of God Himself shining around, and makes this announcement: “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”
God said something.
hope makes the wait worth it.