When Push Comes To Shove… Afraid of Love

Posted: February 28, 2012 in Wandering Thoughts, When Push Comes To Shove

i know the name Jerry Garcia only because my son gave me two Jerry Garcia ties for Christmas. So needless to say i have never listened to his music, never heard the following song, read or heard it’s words before today. But… it brings another point to ponder regarding “When push comes to shove.”

“When Push Comes to Shove”Words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia Copyright Ice Nine Publishing;

Shaking in the desert, wherefore do you cry? Here there may be rattlesnakes to punch you in the eye Shotguns full of silver, bullets made of glass, String barbed wire at your feet and do not let you pass When Push Comes To Shove, you’re afraid of love.

When Push Comes To Shove When Push Comes To Shove You’re afraid of love When Push Comes To Shove

Shaking in the bedroom, covers on your head Cringing like a baby at the hand beneath the bed Phantom in the closet, scratching at the door The latest mystery killer that you saw on channel four When Push Comes To Shove, you’re afraid of love.

Shaking in the garden, the fear within you grows Here there may be roses to punch you in the nose Twist their arms around you, slap you till you cry, Wrap you in their sweet perfume and love you till you die When Push Comes To Shove, you’re afraid of love.

When Push Comes To Shove When Push Comes To Shove You’re afraid of love When Push Comes To Shove.

Could it be that i get to “When push comes to shove” because i’m afraid of love? Am i afraid that God does not love me enough to show up on my behalf so i have to push and then my push turns into shoving? Or… more personally am i afraid to love the one i’m pushing and shoving against?

There is a presumption on my part that the infraction of rules, is on their part. That may or may not be true. The infraction of the rules may actually be on my part and they are pushing back, then i push back, then they shove, then i shove and the game is in on. There is a face off, a pushing against one another until one of us can kick the ball to our teammate and resume the game, and…  by the way, i know… God is on my side!

But back to the idea that i may be afraid of love. The word equips me for all life so i’ll go to the most quoted, the most known, the most often used words to describe love in the Bible. 1 Corinthians 13 – and since i am considering my possible fear of love i’ll personalize the verses.

ed if you speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and ed if you have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but you don’t love, you’re nothing. ed if you give everything you own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but you don’t love, you’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what you say, what you believe, and what you do, ed, you’re bankrupt without love.

ed, love never gives up. ed, love cares more for others than for self. ed, love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. ed, love doesn’t strut, ed, love doesn’t have a swelled head, ed, love doesn’t force itself on others, ed, love isn’t always “me first,” ed, love doesn’t fly off the handle, ed, love doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, ed, love doesn’t revel when others grovel, ed, love takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, ed, love puts up with anything, love trusts God always, love always looks for the best, love never looks back, and ed, love keeps going to the end.

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. ed you know only a portion of the truth, and what you say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, your incompletes will be canceled. ed, when you were an infant at your mother’s breast, you gurgled and cooed like any infant. When you grew up, you were to leave those infant ways for good.

ed, you don’t yet see things clearly. you’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! You’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees you, knowing him directly just as he knows you! But for right now, until that completeness, ed, you have three things to do to lead you toward that consummation: ed, trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

More to come. i don’t want to throw some scripture at this who idea just to see what sticks.


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