🎶I was sick and tired, fed up with this
And decided to take a drive downtown
It was so very quiet and peaceful
There was nobody, not a soul around
I laid myself out, I was so tired
And I started to dream
In the morning the parking tickets were just
Like a flag stuck on my window screen
I says, “hey, you, get off of my cloud
Hey, you, get off of my cloud
Hey, you, get off of my cloud
Don’t hang around ’cause two’s a crowd
On my cloud, baby🎶
While spinning some Rolling Stones tonight, I realized even Yeshua/Jesus knew that He needed to stop and rest. My all time favorite Stones song is “Get Off of My Cloud”. It was written as a follow up single to the successful “Satisfaction”. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song was recorded in early September 1965. As many of you know, I’m a drummer and the song is noted for its drum intro by one of my influences Charlie Watts. And also known for the twin guitars by Brian Jones and Keith Richards. The lyrics are defiant and rebellious, which was common practice for the Rolling Stones around that time, they were beginning to cultivate their infamous “bad boy” image. The Stones have said that the song is written as a reaction to their sudden popularity after the success of “Satisfaction”. The song deals with their aversion to people’s expectations of them. In the gospels we find Yeshua/Jesus from time to time taking himself off from the crowds to be on his own. He did not say “Hey! You! Get off of my cloud”. I believe for His own sanity, for His own survival he needed time alone.
“And early in the morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there” ( Mark 1:35)
Yeshua/Jesus simply needed space. We all need a bit of space. The main character in the Stone’s song wants serenity and to hit pause on the chaotic outside world. Disconcertingly, people continue to present new tasks and hassles to interfere with his life. After two such episodes, the main character travels farther into a desolate part of town, hoping to find peace, yet he wakes up to find that someone gave him a parking ticket. He accepts that there is no longer such a thing as privacy. Yeshua/Jesus wants the same in the gospel passages, space will replenish Him and equip Him for further ministry. Unlike the song Yeshua/Jesus admits that everyone needs privacy and that you need to take the opportunity to make sure you get it. Although good relationships with friends and family are critical, the ability to get alone time is fundamental. Choosing to have alone time frees us from other people’s opinions and our need to entertain. Aloneness allows us to meditate and separate from our needs and issues that relate to others. This could be what Yeshua/Jesus is doing in the Gospel passages when He goes to be alone. It’s this principle that He offer to us too. Facebook friends, people have their own clouds, which is conducive to a mindset of tranquility. On each person’s cloud, the individual can perch up and appreciate the surrounding divine aspects of life. If only we could schedule time like our Messiah to break away from our phones and TVs and take nights off to stay at home by ourselves and read. Like Yeshua/Jesus in those passages we need to take time by ourselves to find our inner peace, because sometimes we shouldn’t have people on our cloud and we shouldn’t be on theirs. Sometimes for our own sanity we just need to get away. Amen?