First off, if you don’t know who Alexander Rybak is, do yourself a favor and watch some of his stuff. He’s a Norwegian fiddle player pop star Russian dude. And his music is fun. He also did the voice of Hiccup in the European version of How to Train Your Dragon. As such, he also did a song for the movie. It’s a fun song, and my daughter sings it often.
But in a song about adventure and companionship, there is one line that always gets me: “I will believe your every word.”
Out of all the lyrics in that song, why does that one grab me and make me long for it?
I’m a pastor! People believe me pretty often! They trust me – some far more than they should! I’ve made it a habit of speaking the truth whenever I can, and if I don’t know an answer, I fess up to it.
And yet… there’s a lot of people who don’t believe me, because they don’t believe the God I follow. But then, wouldn’t the issue be, “I will believe your Bible”? I really don’t think this is some pious longing for God’s Kingdom to grow in the hearts of those around me. I do have that desire, but I don’t think that’s what’s going on here.
So what is going on here?
I think it comes down to… to a deep longing for trust on a level that we don’t experience in this world.
When people trust everything they’re told, they’re not considered smart. They’re considered naive. I remember teasing some friends… well, maybe I wasn’t being a good friend. No, that’s not fair. I was being a bad friend. But I remember teasing classmates in high school and college about not knowing how certain things worked. Kids are brutal to each other with that kind of thing. “You mean you don’t know?!”
And then, for me at least, that leaks over into insecurity. Is this person really my friend? It’s not a pity thing? It’s not a joke of some kind? This person really loves me? No way. I don’t think that’s possible. I don’t love me; how could someone else love me?
And the God that I say I trust… how often do I second-guess him? “Really, you’re my shield? You’ll protect me? Sure, you go ahead do that, but just in case you don’t, I’m going to worry until I find a better solution.”
Can you imagine? “I will believe your every word.”
Can you fathom a world where there’s that level of trust? Where if you told me you loved me… I believed you? And where there was no teasing for naivete… because we were all that way? Where if I told you that yes, I’ll be there, you believed me – because I would always follow through?
Can you imagine a world where of course you believed my every word… because my every word was only truth?
And I think that lyric awoke that longing in me. That desire for a place with no deceptions, no masks.
Where every fiction opened the eyes to some grander truth. Where every story sang of sunlight, because darkness brought only rest and no peril. Where every song pointed to what was real, because what is longed for is already right here?
Can you imagine?
Listen to the song again, and savor that lyric, and consider: when you write, is it worth believing?
I’m not saying get rid of fiction. I adore fiction.
But does it point to some truth? Maybe something about how the world works? Maybe something about how we long for something greater? Maybe something about how human nature isn’t what it should be?
Should I believe your every word, even your fiction?
I think the best fiction is worth believing. Lewis? Tolkien? Some places it’s easier to see than others.
In your writing… let it be something worth believing. And someday, Lord willing, we’ll be in that place where we’ll fully believe his every word… and each others’.