…and when my love for life is running dry, you come and pour yourself on me…
There are times that I go through different ranges of emotions in a single day and each emotion calls for a different style music, all of which I have in my ITunes both on my computer and my IPhone (did that just sound like a commercial for Apple?)
Every day as I take my grandson to school we have a prayer, end with the Lord’s Prayer and then I put on music, this has been an Andre´ Crouch week, the Gold album with all the best of the best on it. I was playing “It won’t be long, soon we’ll be leaving here” part of the lyrics says, “Count the years as months, count the months as weeks, count the weeks as days, any day now, we’ll be going home.” When that got through before the next song started playing Gabe said, “Mammy why are you playing that song? It’s creepy!” I was startled and said, “Creepy? Why do you think it’s creepy?” His answer came swift, “Because it’s saying we are going to die soon!” I explained to him in the time we had left before pulling up to the door of the school that it meant that Jesus was going to come back for us and when He did we would be very happy, not creepy! (This post is going in a totally different direction than I started out; maybe I will get back on track!) We have to explain things to our children that we know and sometimes take for granted that because we know it they have the knowledge and understanding of it also. That became abundantly clear to me one day when I picked my son up from the Middle School he was attending. I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a car advertising a Billy Graham Crusade that was going to be in the Atlanta area. I grew up watching Billy Graham crusades on TV with my parents and loved to hear him speak and George Beverly Shay sing in his beautiful bass voice, and I always felt repentant when “Just as I am” was being sung as throngs of people came to the altar to give their heart to Jesus. So when I saw the bumper sticker I said, “Billy Graham is coming to town, I wish I could go and see him.” Twelve year-old Ara looked over at me and said, “Who is Billy Graham?” I nearly fainted sitting right there behind the wheel and answered, “He is a famous evangelist who has gone all over the world preaching the Gospel and telling people about Jesus!” Ara said, “Oh, I thought he was a country singer like Willie Nelson.” I didn’t know whether to laugh or be ashamed of myself for not sitting down and watching Billy Graham crusades with him instead of just letting him play his video games! Children have to be taught, they don’t learn about the things of the Lord by osmosis!
I have seriously digressed! After listening to Andre´ all week today as I was in the grocery story the phrase started going through my mind …and when my love for life is running dry, you come and pour yourself on me… You might recognize that line if you were listening to a group called “Bread” back in the seventies. I was in the mood to hear it over and over again so I kept hitting repeat and listening when I realized I was listening to the whole song just to hear that line over and over again. Why?
There are times when we have given everything we have within us both emotionally and physically trying to make everyone around us approve of us or be happy with us. Someone I admire and respect said something that I try to take to heart and I will share it with you, “When I aim to please and keep missing, I quit aiming!” That is something that we should maybe all take to heart. When you tell someone you love them whether it is the object of your romantic affections or a family member it has to mean that you love them “enough”. When you love someone enough it simply means that you will go to any length to help them, believe in them, and forgive the fact that they have faults and failure just as you do. Funny that we will accept something in ourselves that we disdain in people that we love because we expect them to be perfect and don’t expect too much from ourselves.
John 15:13-15 says, “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.” In the King James verse 13 simply says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Jesus did just that didn’t He? He died a torturous death so that we could have eternal salvation and looked beyond our faults and saw our needs. So when we quote the line from the “Lord’s Prayer” that says, “Forgive us our debts as (or the way that) we forgive our debtors” it means just that, we have to overlook the faults in our neighbor and concentrate on our own, which by my estimation are many!
The line from the song applies to Jesus then doesn’t it? When I have been at the lowest point of my whole life I have looked up and said, “Help me”, and he always has. When I sang, “Just as I am without one plea but that Thy blood was shed for me” he loved me enough and came to my dry life and poured Himself on me reviving me to face another day.