Rest and Eat

Sleep is pretty awesome, isn’t it? As a freshman in college, even in my first week I’m starting to see how important it is to have a nice balance of work and rest. Too much or too little of either one is like adding too much or too little sugar to a cake: it’ll work, but it won’t come out as well as you’d like it. It can be hard to find that balance, especially when you’re juggling the responsibilities of work or school with your own relaxation time or time spent with loved ones. Work often tends to take priority, pulling at the strings of our lives as we dance to its unyielding tune. Sometimes it’s hard to slow down, to relax, to enjoy life. Our struggle against ourselves, the juxtaposition of work and rest is familiar to all of us, bringing us to today’s song: Eat by Zion T.

rest and eat - zion t on couch

 

As an artist, Zion T presents and interesting combination of visuals and musical style. Without knowing his style, I wouldn’t peg him as an R&B artist; with the colorful look of an anime eccentric, his smooth voice seems to undercut his appearance. What I love the most about Zion T. is his ability to convey subtle emotions easily through his voice. No matter the song, I can feel the general gist of it, even if I haven’t read the lyircs. This kind of talent is what I love about some of my favorite Korean artists, but I wonder if it has to do with the fact that I don’t speak the language.

Getting back to the song, it’s very much intended to be a comfort song: the type you’d listen to after a long day at work, or after a long session of tedious homework. A clear beat works with the piano melody in the background to give a really relaxing feel to the song, and Zion T is as smooth as he is soothing as he whispers sweet strains into your ear. Compared to his other works, Eat seems more barebones and scaled-back; intentionally, I believe. It does a lot with a little: it’s a low-energy song perfect for those low-energy points in life.

Hello
It’s not easy, you’re busy
You wonder why you have to go this far
There’s so many damn things they want
(Yes)
You want a break
It’s so noisy
It’s all so annoying, right?
Wanna go home, right?
(You are home)
But you want to go home

 

What I love about these opening verses are how relatable they are to people of all walks of life. No matter if you’re a student, a parent, a member of the workforce: you can find yourself in these lines. We’ve all experienced the gnawing pressure of responsibility, and it only grows as we grow. It can be draining, and over time even the jobs that we love or the people that we enjoy can become yet another weight that we have to carry. Even our places of solace feel empty. Hollow. Lifeless.

How can I go home, and yet want to go home?

People say that life is in the little things. When you take time to reflect on all the little joys of life, you learn to see the beauty between the lines, right? To some extent, that’s true; Zion T. alludes to that as he sings

Then take this song out like eat it like chocolate
Even if you’re tired, make sure you eat breakfast and lunch
Then I’ll compliment you later

I miss you
I like you a lot
I want to hug you more
Love, love, it’s like love
Maybe I really love you

When you’re hungry
Take this song out like a morning apple and eat it
Even if you’re tired, make sure you eat breakfast and lunch
Then you’ll sleep better later at night

 

You can kind of feel the warmth and encouragement emanating from the lyrics as Zion T. touches on what tiredness and hunger reveals. Responsibility and work leave us wanting to feel appreciated. To empty my soul into my work leaves me longing for something, someone to fill that void. I want to be satisfied by love, fulfilled by affirmation, content with my life. Yet life seems to widen that void with each passing day. 

Attempts to bridge the gap with people or possessions or experiences only work for so long before serving to remind me how deep the hole in my heart is.

What can I do?

Am I lost?

Is my life even my own?

That question is what sets Christianity apart from all other religions. As Christians, our lives are a gift from God. He owns us, and yet loves us. He is our purpose…and yet He wants us to know Him, to love Him. We are not our own, we were “bought with a price” (1 Cor 6:20). And that realization is what gives us purpose. He takes our pain as His own, and replaces it with peace. He takes our burdens alongside us, and gives us the power to press on.

In Him we have life.

In Him we have strength.

In Him we have purpose.

In Him we have satisfaction.

In Him we rest.

Sam

I'm a student who loves God and manages to balance school, games, books, anime, and Asian culture while staying slightly sane.

  • neighborhoodotaku

    For me, I willingly choose to deprive myself of sleep, getting about five to seven hours every night, so that I can have time for those moments of peace and tranquility. My friends, my family, and, most importantly, my God are those who I love and give myself up for, even if it drives me to my knees during the day, eyes fluttering shut after intense studying or an exhausting day at work.

    Maybe I’m being bold when I say this, but I truly believe that real maturity comes when one can adequately deal with stress, schedules, school, and anything else taking up one’s time and letting God take care of the rest. So even though the song was relatable, it was by no stretch what believers should necessarily imitate. With that said, the implied Christian meaning was a great reminder to me!

    • Thanks. Kind of felt that dealing with life while leaning on God is what I was implying with this article, but perhaps I should’ve clarified. God works in us through both the busy times and in times of peace. Even so, we all need rest sometimes, especially emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. This is what I felt the song was touching on the most, and where I saw the Christian parallels. God gives us comfort beyond the physical, touching us and bringing clarity and purpose where we’d otherwise be confused. In His purpose, we find rest.

      • Yes, leaning on God while leaning on life is so important. Without Him, life gets hard. There’s actually a Christian hip hop song that goes “I don’t know how they can make it without God”. In other words, how people can live without relying on our Creator is difficult for me to grasp. I understand why people would go drinking or indulge in vasts numbers of sin because it’s the only way they think they can “get out” or whatever. He is our deliverer, peace, and comforter. Great post!