Many years ago a friend of mine won an amateur songwriting contest in Nashville. I asked him about the experience and what it was like spending time with some professional song scribes and whether they gave him any advice. They told him to, “Say what you want to say, without saying it.” I must admit I have never listened to music quite the same. When Hank Williams Jr. belts out, “Tonight I’ll kick the footlights out and walk away without no curtain call,” I get it! He’s through following someone else’s path, desiring to chart his own course.
The other day I was driving to my office when I heard Danny O’Keefe singing, “Good time Charlie’s got the blues”, when a line in the song jumped out at me. I have listened to this song since it came out in 1972, but when Mr. O’keefe sang, “Can’t find a thing to stop the rain.” Wow! I was blown away. Immediately I thought of people I know who are going through really difficult times right now. Illnesses, relational disasters, losses, heartbreak, etc. you get the picture. So I hear this line, “Can’t find a thing to stop the rain,” and I wonder how many people are going through crisis and just trying to handle it on their own? Struggling day to day with no hope in sight.
The Lord gives us great insight to the struggles we face while on this earth. Remember, God promised us Heaven in Heaven, not while we are here among the living.
I Peter 1:6,7 “ In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
God wants to make you stronger and better each day. Though you walk through difficulties He is there to sustain you and provide comfort.
Back to the radio, Oh No! I don’t think I even want to know what CCR meant when they sang:
Doo, doo, doo, looking out my back door.
There's a giant doing cartwheels, a statue wearing high heels.
Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn.
A dinosaur Victrola listening to Buck Owens...