LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #29 – “Go Your Own Way” – Fleetwood Mac
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
Surprisingly enough, one of Fleetwood Mac’s most recognizable songs (not named ‘Landslide’) was not written by the band’s front-woman and queen of rock and roll, Stevie Nicks. “Go Your Own Way,” was actually penned by Nick’s romantic partner and fellow band member, Lindsey Buckingham, about the complications of their relationship.
In the song, despite feelings of love and affection, the singer is willing to allow their romantic interest to leave, if that is what they desire, singing, “You can go your own way…you can call it another lonely day.” In the Gospel of John, Jesus has a similar message for his disciples, informing Thomas in chapter 14, verses 2-4, “When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me so that where I am you will be too. You know the way to the place I’m going.” Ultimately, Jesus reveals that he doesn’t want any of us to “go our own way,” but instead, follow in his ways, telling us in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
Life-giving Savior, replace the arrogance within us that tells us we should go our own way, with a desire to pursue your truths, and follow your way that leads to life. Amen.