Metaphorically I’m a Whore

On the eve of a day that’s forgotten and fake,

And the trees they await and clouds anticipate,

The start of a day when we put on our face,

A mask that portrays that we don’t need grace,

On the eve of a day that is bigger than us,

But we open our eyes ’cause we’re told that we must,

And the trees wave their arms and the clouds try to plead,

Desperately yelling there’s something we need,

I’m not free, I asked forgiveness three times,

Same amount that I denied, I three-time mvp’ed this crime,

I’m afraid to tell you who I adore, won’t tell you who I’m singing towards,

Metaphorically I’m a whore, and that’s denial number four.

The above lyrics is the second verse of one of my favorite songs by twenty one pilots called “Ode to Sleep”.  You know how when you listen to music sometimes, the lyrics just hit your soul in a way that words can not?  This verse has been on my mind and heart lately.  On the surface,  it’s not all that original.  It seems like he’s just trying to fit words together to get them to rhyme in a way that makes sense.  If you take a second look at it though, you may notice some of the outlooks on life Tyler has.  Notice how in the beginning of the verse he says he needs to put on his mask, which I believe many of us do.  This mask in particular portrays that we don’t need grace.  I relate to this as I often try to act like everything is perfect when in reality I’m struggling with sin.

The trees are telling him he needs God.  In this next part he’s referencing when Peter denied Jesus three times on the eve of Jesus crucifixion.  He then recognizes that in his music and in his life he often feels like he is denying Christ as his savior. He knows he should be singing more songs about God but he’s afraid of the world. That’s when he says he’s denied him four times. I’ve been there so many times as well.  How often do I make my life look just like the rest of the world.  Though I may not deny him with my words all the time, I do with my actions.  When I fail to speak of his amazing grace, I’m denying his goodness in my life.

I know I’m a twenty one pilots freak, but I hope you can see through this verse why this band has changed my life.  Not only did their music help get me through my depression, but it also helped draw me back to Christ.

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