Nightmares and Daydreams

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For whatever reason, I’m one who tends to analyze songs for deeper meanings and theological connections. Though she’s had a few hits on the radio since,  Taylor Swift’s song “Blank Space” has a certain lyric that’s stuck with me. At the end of verse two she sings, “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream”.

While she’s singing about a romantic relationship, this line made me stop and think about the reality of sin in the world. Sinful things are presented as attractive. If they were shown for their true nature, then why would we want to do it? The nightmare of sin is disguised and portrayed as a daydream of happiness, fulfillment, and excitement. Then when we fall into the temptation, we awake to the reality of the situation. The fall of man in Genesis 3:1-7 is the perfect example. Satan didn’t approach Eve with a rotten egg and warn her about the woes of disobedience. Rather, he cunningly offered an attractive piece of fruit and the promise that her eyes would be opened.

And all it took was one bite. Adam and Eve didn’t have to devour a four course meal to change the course of human history. So too, if we’re not careful, the smallest misstep can easily turn into a serious issue. All it takes is a little poop to ruin a whole pan of brownies. (See more on that reference here)

I once heard a wonderful homily regarding this similar topic. The priest spoke about sheep and how they (along with other livestalk) are attracted to a plant called nightshade. This plant is appealing to them in every way. It has lovely flowers, tastes delicious, and has a nice scent. To the sheep, it seems like the perfect food. However, despite its appeal, nightshade is poisonous to animals.

Similarly, so many things in our own lives are toxic – they seem appealing but are harmful to our bodies and/or souls. The examples are endless, including things like drugs, drunkenness, theft, pornography and sexual promiscuity which are all portrayed in pop culture as thrilling, fun, and normal experiences. This is where having a well formed conscious, discernment, and virtue are vital to recognize the false promises that we encounter. And if we are able to recognize the red flags ourselves, lets use that knowledge and experience to prevent others from falling into trouble. Thankfully, even if/when we do fall, there is forgiveness in Christ who makes the worst nightmares into beautiful daydreams.

Discernment unmasks the lie of temptation, whose object appears to be good, a “delight to the eyes” and desirable, when in reality its fruit is death. CCC 2847
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7 thoughts on “Nightmares and Daydreams

  1. Well written, Becky! And full of truth! Funny…I do the same thing with song lyrics, but have never blogged about them, lol. So insightful on your part! After reading your About pg., I gotta share that I’m a convert, too, and plan on starting a podcast soon for other converts to share their conversion story. I hope you’ll consider being a guest! 🙂 BTW…what are your “northern roots”? Blessings to you!

    • Thanks, Kim! I’m always analyzing song lyrics so glad I’m not the only one, lol. How awesome to hear about your convert project. I’d definitely be interested so please do keep me in mind if I can be of any help. Also, my mom’s side of the family is from MN and my dad’s side is from WI. I’m a total Texan but love my northern blood 🙂

  2. I loved this. I will be sharing it on my blog facebook page. Thank you so much for writing this, often times I contemplate the same correlations.

    • Thanks and I appreciate the share! The idea of sin being attractive is one that we’d often discuss with our youth group kids and always brings some good conversation. God bless+

  3. Who would’ve guessed Taylor Swift would inspire such a reflection! Right on – it totally makes sense that sin MUST be attractive in order that the devil might get a foothold.

    • Haha, yes inspiration can come in the most uncommon way! I’ve found that Taylor’s songs are fun to analyze because they so often deal with the struggles of love and relationships. So very Theology of the Body and she doesn’t even know it! 🙂

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