I was worn out this weekend – physically, mentally, and spiritually. I understood the physical part because last week was busy, but I didn’t understand the mental and spiritual depression. Then this morning during prayers, You spoke to me directly through the lyrics from Cat Stevens’s song “Can’t Keep It In”… https://youtu.be/4d1qo9eavo8
“Oh, I can’t keep it in, I can’t keep it in. I’ve gotta let it out. I’ve gotta show the world, world’s gotta see. See all the Love, Love that’s in Me. I said, “why walk alone, why worry when it’s warm over here?… Oh why, why must you waste your life away? You’ve got to live for today, then let it go. Oh Lover, I want to spend this time with you. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do, if you let Me know. And I can’t keep it in, I can’t hide it. And I can’t lock it away. I’m up for your love… Oh, I can’t keep it in, I can’t keep it in. I’ve gotta let it out. I’ve got to show the world, world’s gotta know. Know of the Love, Love that lies low… You’ve got too much deceit, and deceit kills the Light. Light has to Shine. I said, “Shine Light, Shine Light” Love, that’s no way to live your life. You allow too much to go by, and that won’t do, no. Lover, I want to have you here by My Side. Now don’t you run, don’t you hide. While I’m with you. And I can’t keep it in, I can’t keep it in. I’ve gotta let it out. I’ve gotta show the world, worlds’s gotta see. See all the Love, Love that’s in Me… “
You Desire an intimate Friendship with me at all times, and I had disconnected. You were not absent, but I was too wrapped up in all the demands on my time to notice You. You are the Bridegroom; I am the Bride. I draw all my Strength from You. I ran out of “gas” because I didn’t stop to touch base with You when I was running low. First and Foremost, Lord, You Desire to be in Communion with us. It’s a comfortable, undemanding, abiding in each other, where we are Loved and Accepted for who we are. Our lives are to be Metaphors for Your Saving Grace. All else we do and say for You springs from the fertile ground of our Relationship.
“I Am the Vine; you are the branches. If a person remains in Me and I in them, they will bear much Fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing… As the Father has Loved Me, so have I Loved you. Now remain in My Love…I have told you this so that My Joy may be in you and that your Joy may be complete… I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his Master’s Business. Instead, I have called you Friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you… Greater Love has no one than this, that He lay down His Life for His Friends.” John 15