Adele, Bob Dylan, and the Love of God

I gave my wife a new CD for Christmas…I know…who actually gives physical discs you can then use to play music as Christmas gifts anymore. But, that’s not really the point here. The point is I gave her a CD of Adele: Live at The Royal Albert Hall. It’s a great CD by an amazing singer.

It’s always refreshing to hear someone with such amazing talent who is not the cookie cutter image that you see in many female singers today.  She is average height and weight.  She doesn’t attach prosthetic parts to her body and she isn’t really big into showing her underwear….she just has an amazing voice. 

So, my wife had her CD playing upstairs in the kitchen while we wash dishes (don’t say it, yes WE wash dishes).  On the CD of this concert, Adele begins singing a song entitled, “Make you Feel My Love”. I learned the song was written by, Bob Dylan, and first released by, Billy Joel. Now, I know it’s a kind of love song, probably written from one person to the another to express just how he feels about her. But as I’m loading the dishwasher, and listening to her presentation, I was overwhelmed by the Spirit with a reminder of God’s love for us. Here are some of the lyrics to the song:

When the rain
Is blowing in your face
And the whole world
Is on your case
I could offer you
A warm embrace
To make you feel my love

When the evening shadows
And the stars appear
And there is no – one there
To dry your tears
I could hold you
For a million years
To make you feel my love

I’d go hungry
I’d go black and blue
I’d go crawling
Down the avenue
Know there’s nothing
That I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love

Now read the words of Scripture:

31 What, then, shall we say in response to this?  If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8.

20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15: 20

Listening to a Bob Dylan song sung by Adele, I was blown away by the relentless love of God. This God, who in Jesus Christ, has pursued us to the ends of the earth and beyond. A God who paces on the porch watching for the return of His children. A God for whom there is nothing He has not done to show us His love.  And here’s the thing….nothing separates us from this Love…nothing. Paul was convinced of it…but you and I…we’re not always so sure.  We don’t know how to respond to this love. It burns hot and we turn away to follow after things we understand – earning acceptance and living conditionally with other people.

Allowed to go unchecked in our lives, this love will crush our pride and arrogance, reveal our sinfulness and rebellion, and brings us to repentance and surrender. We will crawl back as slaves only to be reunited as children of the most High.

I want so much to open my life to the fire of God’s love — allowing this love to burn away all that exists of  sin and selfishness and this endless desire to please others. To allow this love to overflow in the way that I interact with my family, with my co-workers, with the people who are hardest to love and the ones who will not or can not love me in return.

I know….it’s just a love song.

But thanks for the reminder Adele….and Bob.

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2 thoughts on “Adele, Bob Dylan, and the Love of God

  1. I love this! it’s amazing, neighbor! :) I definitely like the comparison, I needed something like this to read tonight!

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