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Special: Cross, My Path
A Collection of Cross-eyed Comments by Psychologist Dr. Bruce L. Thiessen,
aka, Dr. BLT: The Shrink-rappin' Rock Doc
Many consider a black cat crossing one's path to be a bad omen. The music world, for example, is replete with superstitious references. Although I don't have a superstitious bone in my body, it's hard not to hum along with the likes of Stevie Wonder's “Superstition,” Cher's “Dark Lady,” or Santana's “Black Magic Woman.”
Who could forget the Halloween theme splashed all over Michael Jackson's “Thriller” music video? The only thing scarier he's produced since that memorable debut was the perilous baby-dangling-over-the balcony exhibition.
Artists who profess faith in Jesus and the message of the gospel don't cringe when a black cat crosses their path, for they have chosen the cross as their path. As such, superstition and black magic have no power to impede their crosswalk. Some cross-eyed converts overtly address the subject of superstition in their music. I can think of three off the top of my head--Andrea Crouch's “Deceived,” Larry Norman's “Forget Your Hexagram” and Cliff Richard's “Devil Woman.” Larry Norman is the most explicit in offering an alternative course. I consider it a crash-course on the cross.
Artists who openly embrace the Christian faith have chosen the narrow road to Calvary. Superstition has no sway in determining the direction of their path. The scriptures tell us that "... we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of love and of power, and of a strong mind." With the cross as our path, it doesn't matter how many black cats cross.
If the cross is your path, no obstacle that comes in your way will overcome you. Having your eyes fixed on the cross of Christ won't guarantee a life full of treats and free from tricks; everybody knows that too many sweets are not good for you. But tricks, trials and tribulations all dim in comparison to the light of the cross. So, whether you're a struggling musician looking for that lucky break or a music lover trying to avoid an unlucky twist of fate, remember this: don't hesitate. While you wait in a state of paralysis for the next shoe to drop or the next black cat to cross your path, do what Andrae Crouch, Larry Norman or Cliff Richards would do: switch paths. Turn your Halloween into a Hallowed Eve. And when a literal or metaphorical black cat crosses your path, scare it away by saying, "Go ahead, make my day! Cross, my path."