Thursday, June 19, 2014

I Can't Make You...

From time to time, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I've mentioned about how music resonates in my heart and mind.

A while back, I found myself feeling so low in spirit.  I'm not prepared to explain why.

I will say that I was feeling overwhelmed with not just my physical problems with healing, but also with personal issues.  And, life... in general.

About this time, I found myself asking God why He let me live through that major, major, dangerous surgery that I had.  After all, my daughter P and I had been told so very many times that it was a surgery that not everyone lived through.

I spoke with Him, asking Him to reveal His plan for my life.  And, I suggested that I am not the only person who could do work for Him, so why did He allow me to live through the horribleness of what I was experiencing... asking Him, if it was just so I could suffer further?

Knowing in my heart this wasn't the case, I confessed to God that I was sorry I had even felt like this.

Even so, a song popped into my head, within minutes.  It was a song I had not been familiar with.  I had to recall the lyrics in my head, and google them, to find out the name of the song, and a link to hear it.

The song is by Bonnie Raitt entitled, I Can't Make You Love Me.  Here is a link for you to listen and/or sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOzMGYCTn-Q.  The lyrics are below.

I Can't Make You Love Me

Turn down the lights;
Turn down the bed.
Turn down these voices
Inside my head.

Lay down with me;
Tell me no lies.
Just hold me close;
Don't patronize.

Don't patronize me.

'Cuz I can't make you love me
If you don't.
You can't make your heart feel
Something it won't.
Here in the dark
In these final hours,
I will lay down my heart
And I'll feel the power;
But you won't.
No, you won't.
'Cuz I can't make you love me
If you don't.

I'll close my eyes,
Then I won't see
The love you don't feel
When you're holding me.

Morning will come,
And I'll do what's right;
Just give me till then
To give up this fight.

And I will give up this fight.

I can't make you love me
If you don't.
You can't make your heart feel
Something it won't.
Here in the dark
In these final hours,
I will lay down my heart
And I'll feel the power;
But you won't.
No, you won't.
'Cuz I can't make you love me
If you don't.


When this song filled my mind, I wondered if it was God speaking to me.  I wondered if He was upset with me, for being upset with Him.

Especially, since the lyrics were saying that He can't make me love Him... when it said, "I can't make you love me, if you don't.  You can't make your heart feel something it won't."

Once again, I reflected upon the sinfulness of what I had felt earlier, when I felt alone, without any love... and wondered where God was, with His love for me. 

A thought popped in my head.  I wondered if God was reminding me, about other people.

After all, no matter how much I care for others, I cannot make anyone love me.  Nor, can you.

Praying, I once again repented, realizing that I am not a perfect person.  In and of myself, I am not a righteous person, for any righteousness I have, comes from/through my Lord, Jesus.  I'm only a human person, in need of God and His love.

This reminded me of Luke 5:31-32, "And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

How grateful I am that God gave us His Word, the Bible. 

Without it, we would not be able to know and understand what He expects of us.  We would not know why Jesus came to earth.  Or, why He died on a wooden cross, and was later resurrected.

Thank You, Father God.  Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ.  Thank You, Holy Spirit. 

I love You.  I truly do.  I'm grateful, that You know the truth.  And, I'm thankful You love me!

Without You, I am nothing.  And, never will be. 

With You in my heart, soul and entire being, I realize I am everything... to You.  Even if I'm not to people, here on earth.  For this, I praise God!


Until next time...

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