Spending so many hours in a car driving, you begin to find ways to amuse yourself, ways to keep you alert and just pass the time for some of those long boring stretches of road. Especially when you are alone you can do some outright stupid and funny things. Like this past week......
I was driving on I-85 towards Pensacola and I slipped in a Diana Krall "live" CD. On it were many of the classics that she had performed her rendition of, including "I've Got You Under My Skin". Well it didn't take long for my mind to wander and I thought, let me sing along the way Barry White would have done it. Since I can do a fair impression of him, it seemed quite a natural thing and helpful to stay awake.
Fortunately, as I was crooning, I looked down at the speedometer of the 2013 Red Dodge Challenger Hemi that I was driving and noticed it was past 90, in fact I had gotten a little too carried away, and you know how the police love to stop red muscle cars. Must have been God redirecting my thoughts back to reality as I passed at least 4 speed traps doing near the speed limit and came out of the trip with no tickets. Thank you Jesus!
If you listen carefully to the words of that song though, it says, "I've got you under my skin, I've got you deep in the heart of me." It continues with words that indicate how much the love for the other person has become "such a part of me." Now, I began to think of my own faith, and whether my love for God is "under my skin" or sometimes is it just a surface faith that looks good to others? My answer maybe somewhat like yours, it wavers between flowing freely through to my heart, and those days when I have to struggle to get the blood pumping. But definitely more of the first than the later.
The great joy of the times when we feel so close to Him have to compensate for those naturally human moments when we feel a little lost and unsure. We have to remember as the Psalms say often, those days when we walk with Him, talk with Him and are filled with His glorious Spirit because being human, some days are just going to be a grind.
I would certainly recommend Diana's songs for anniversaries or any other special romantic moments, but we can also dream a little about what our days would be like if the love of the Lord is always "under our skin" as we listen. As for my Barry White rendition, I am saving it for that special moment when everyone needs a good laugh, and when I am not driving a red Challenger.
May God bless you, Glenn
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.