The Rolling Stones released Paint it, Black, in the United States on May 7th, 1966. When I turned on my movie instrumental soundtrack playlist, I heard a version by Ramin Djawadi. It was an orchestral version composed for the Westworld Soundtrack. I listened to this version several times as I journaled this morning about the meaning of Ezekiel 36:26.
The lyrics of the song are very interesting. It begins with Mick saying he sees a red door and he wants it painted black.
The lyrics are even darker as the song ends; Mick sings that he wants the sun blotted out from the sky, and again it must be painted black.
If I took this literally, I would draw the conclusion that this is very depressing. Still, if I stand back and look to create my own meaning, I would begin to say that the story represents change. The door would still be present, except it is now a new color. The door still can function as a door, but it is just black now.
Change. What do you want to change this year? We can’t paint the sun black, but I think there are smaller tasks that we can undertake and change. Perhaps we all have some doors that we can paint a new color?