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The Mississippi River is a major player in Sara Groves‘s latest album, Floodplain, released in the fall of 2015. The album’s title track, “Floodplain,” was inspired by the intersection between what Sara had learned about immigrant life on the Mississippi floodplain (before the city built walls along the river to prevent flooding) and her own struggle with anxiety and depression. This song provides an amazing framework for me in understanding the realities of my own heart and how it has been built over time.

In a press release, Sara shared this about the album:

One main idea that appears a few times on the record is reality and escape. Joy and sorrow are both mixed in our cup. We can see our reality as a burden and try to escape it, or we can drink our cup. Whether it is depression or poverty or caring for an aging parent, these challenges are realities of life. If I avoid the cup, I also miss joy and provision. If I drink it down, I will “taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Once again, through music and the stories behind the songs, Pops has provided me a framework for understanding and embracing the life and the journey He has given me and the way He has created me to be in this world at this time. It isn’t easy being a heart that is built on the floodplain, but denying that means denying God’s goodness in and provision for living and life-building there in that place.

I quoted lyrics from this song in the short story I recently published here on my blog, so I wanted to share the song and its story in hopes that it will provide deeper understanding, comfort, and encouragement to, in, and for others, whether they are a floodplain-dweller also or know someone who is.

Some hearts are built on a floodplain
Keeping one eye on the sky for rain
You work for the ground that gets washed away
When you live closer

Closer to the life and the ebb and flow
Closer to the edge of I don’t know
Closer to that’s the way it goes
Some hearts are built on a floodplain

And it’s easy to sigh on a high bluff
Look down and ask when you’ve had enough
Will you have the sense to come on up
Or will you stay closer

Closer to the danger and the rolling deep
Closer to the run and the losing streak
And what brings us to our knees
Some hearts live here

Oh the river it rushes to madness
And the water it spreads like sadness
And there’s no high ground
And there’s no high ground

Closer to the danger and the rolling deep
Closer to the run and the losing streak
And what brings us to our knees

Closer to the life and the ebb and flow
Closer to the edge of I don’t know
Closer to Lord please send a boat
Some hearts are built here

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