I am a huge Prince fan. I actually consider myself a “stan”. He is a true artist/musician/humanitarian. What many people don’t realize about Prince is that he is a devout Jehovah Witness. He was raised in a family that practiced faithfully. As most of us have done, he had a few hiccups along the way but he held on to his faith and he has carried that faith with him over the years. Many of his songs tend to have religious undertones and themes. One such song is “The Ladder”. This song is off his 1985 album Around the World in a Day. He co-wrote the song with his father. He was huge influence on his music and especially this song. He takes us into the mind of a king who is lost:
Once upon a time in the land of Sinaplenty
There lived a king who didn’t deserve 2 be
He knew not where he came from
Nor where he was going
He never once said thank U, never please
I recall the times when I lived in “Sinaplenty”. I was totally out of the will of God. I was so turned around that I didn’t know which way I was going. I did not deserve all that God was doing for me and I knew that. But something in me began to change…
Now this king he had a subject named Electra
Who loved him with a passion, uncontested
4 him each day she had a smile
But it didn’t matter
The king was looking 4 the ladder
“And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” (Genesis 28:12 KJV)
“And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.” (Genesis 28:16 KJV)
God is right in front of us. We just have to recognize Him. I began to realize that my life was going in the wrong direction. I began to get things in order. Over the years I grew and I started to become the woman who God called me to be. Then years later it happened…I met a guy. It’s funny how people show up at times in your life when you are trying your best to do better in your walk. He was a learning experience for me. I almost took my eyes away from the path that God was leading me down.
Everybody’s looking 4 the ladder
Everybody wants salvation of the soul
The steps U take are no easy road
But the reward is great
4 those who want 2 go
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7: 13-14 NIV)
This is indeed another song that speaks volumes to me. It is so easy to do the wrong thing. That path is easy to go down. It takes strength to be able to walk the walk of a saved person. Each day is a struggle but I thank God for the strength that He is supplying me with.
I want to take this time to simple say thank You for giving me strength. I face many temptations in my walk and I know that You are with me at all times. You are my rock. I know that I am only able to stand because of You. Please continue to hold me up. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Today, I EMPOWER you to seek the LADDER. It is there. All you have to do is look up and acknowledge it. God is waiting with open arms. He loves you and He cares for you. It’s never too late.
Check out Prince’s The Ladder as we continue our Black Music Month celebration:
Shawna Dix is a mother, educator, and all around child of God. She is passionate about God, her son Jalen, family, friends, and her students. She loves teaching because it allows her to shower our youth with love and guidance. She resides in Pentagon City, Virginia and works hard educating inner city youth in Washington DC. She prides herself in being a realist. She exclaims that she is in no way, shape, form, or fashion perfect but she has accepted that she serves a perfect God who is able to do ALL things!