when Rihanna & Jesus say the same thing


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I’ve been thinking about Rihanna a lot these past few days. Maybe because I accidentally dyed my hair BRIGHT red two nights ago. Or perhaps because I wrote about Chris Brown recently. Mostly she is on my mind because I heard a song of hers when I was running errands that I haven’t been able to shake. I don’t like all of her stuff, but these words…

I know that Rihanna’s lyrics are about some guy & not Jesus, but they so perfectly articulate what my dialogue with Jesus seems to be like these days.

“I threw my hands in the air and said,

“Show me something.”

He said, “If you dare, come a little closer.”

– Rihanna , “Stay”


You know that verse in Psalms that says…”I waited patiently for the Lord…” ? Yea, not so much. That hasn’t been my attitude lately. I’ve been a little less King David and a bit more Rihanna about it. Throwing my hands in the air and telling God to show me something.

Show me what You are doing about my adoption.

Show me Your plan for these backlogged dreams to come to pass.

Show me why hope hurts…still. 

Show me where the breakthrough will come from.

Show me how I am supposed to find rest for this weary heart.

Hands in the air & yelling at God to show me. Prove it, God. That is where I’ve been these past few weeks. Giving the Israelites in the Old Testament some stiff competition in the doubting department. My demands are not met with an excuse for His delay, a summary of His plan or a rebuke for my attitude. 

My hands in the air are met with an invitation.

If you dare, come a little closer.

If I dare drop my demands. If I dare drop my pain and my sense of entitlement. If I dare…to come closer. To push in instead of push away. That is what Jesus keeps saying to me…come closer.

Closer to His heart. Closer to His generous nature. Closer to the one who resolves every internal conflict I have. Why? Why should I come closer?

Because in His presence is fullness of joy. The joy I am so very thirsty for.

Because at His right hand are pleasures forever. The satisfaction I am craving.

Because no good thing does He withhold from me. God is not stingy with me. He has not forgotten.

Even more than those things, I need to draw closer because He loves me.  With my hands in the air and my ultimatums…He still loves me. No matter how long I have been walking with God or how far I have come, I need to be loved. I never outgrow my need to hear Jesus tell me He loves me.

I’m not sure who you are,  if you hate Rihanna or if your voice is hoarse from screaming your demands to God. But, I do know that you need to be loved too. So, take another risk & be daring. 

Put down your stiff arms and listen past your own voice yelling. Do you hear it? Do you hear His invitation to you?

…He said, “If you dare come a little closer”…



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23 responses to “when Rihanna & Jesus say the same thing

  1. Powerful, and hugely true.

  2. Oddie

    *sigh* someone read my journal. Lol
    Thank you for sharing. This has been me lately especially about my moving to grad school/med school. I need to wait patiently and stop being feisty with my Daddy.

  3. Every time you post it feels like my birthday. Loving this post. Reminds me of my recent obsession with Kelly Clarkson’s song “People Like Us” & how when I scream it at the top of my lungs it’s like a conversation with God saying how I really feel and hearing how “it’s all ok, even if the world feels like it’s going down in flames.” Now to go hear this Rihanna song … 😉

  4. Erica Mead

    Such a powerful post and so beautifully written!

  5. Marsha Zimmerman

    This echoes the anguish in my heart, too! Thank you for sharing this- I can feel myFather embracing me right now- (with tears and the works streaming down!)

  6. Jenna Rogers

    Ahhhhhh thank-you so much for sharing! I feel a weight has just fallen off! It seems like sometimes I just like to make my relationship with God complicated when really he just wants me to come near! Thanks for letting God speak through you!

  7. Great post, but also as a nerdy blogger type I have to say that headline was genius.

  8. Followed a link from Kat on Twitter and am so glad I did, for this spoke to exactly what I have been struggling with. Thank you.

  9. So great Elizabeth!!! I sent it to all of my Bible Study gals! We are all in the process of learning what it means to LEAN IN…or come closer! Beautifully said!

  10. First of all, I kind of really like that song! Second, I feel like I could have written all of these words during our adoption, and at times after! He is good, and never stops saying to His Children, “come a little closer”!!! Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you!

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  12. Staci

    Found your blog tonight when looking up “Rhianna Jesus”. Glad I looked it up as I’m really enjoying your blog. It’s very encouraging! Thank you for being so open about your views and struggles.

    This post reminds me of , I think it was Prince Caspian and The Voyage of The Dawn Treader ( I think it was that volume). Aslan, the Christ figure, was talking to one of the children and he said that he’d eaten kings, queens, men and women and even boys and little girls. The point was that Aslan was a powerful force and he wasn’t a tame lion BUT he was a good lion and the children had to trust him and go where he asked them to go. They did trust him over time (or just one of them did in that story. Obviously it’s been awhile since I read the books) and in the end it was worth it. They came out differently since no one leaves the same after being in the presence of Aslan/Christ.

    So yes we must dare and take a chance and move further towards Christ. It’s scary to our flesh but it’s worth it. Kind of like vegetables. Haha!

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