March 21, 2021
Lord, I cannot!
The piano in our home has been silent since Dean died.
She loved to play the piano and I loved to hear her play. She loved to
introduce me to new songs, like “Lord, I cannot,” composed by Jane LaRowe. It’s a beautiful song that touched my heart in
Each verse pictures an
impossible situation about which Jane cries, “Lord, I cannot.” A valley too
deep. A mountain too high. A river too wide. A pathway that must be traveled
Most of us have faced
times when we cried with Jane, “Lord, I cannot.” A health crisis. The loss of a
job. A suicide. A tragic accident. The death of a spouse or a child. But the Lord stepped in and gave us the
strength to face what seemed unbearable.
A popular chorus
explains it this way: “He will make a way where there is no way.” That’s what
Jane affirms in her song – when you are at the end of your rope, the Lord comes
to your rescue. The Lord’s presence helps Jane walk through that deep valley. Gives
her quiet strength to scale the high mountain. She crosses that wide river when
the Lord holds her hand. On that lonely pathway, the Lord comes alongside her.
Let’s face it. Life is
one struggle after another. Just when you think you can relax, calamity strikes
again. But perhaps that’s God’s plan. He is not trying to make us “happy.”
Evidently, he wants us to learn to depend on him and let him give us the strength
the next time misfortune makes you cry, “Lord, I cannot,” expect the Lord to
help you say, “Lord, I can!” Never forget that the God who created the valleys,
mountains and rivers, is the same God who delights to help his children learn
to say “Lord, I can,” as they face hardships.
My friend Mac was devastated. Within a couple of years,
he lost his wife, his father and his son. His company was facing bankruptcy;
his job was in jeopardy. Engulfed in a storm of grief and fear, he said, “I was
terrified, fearing I would lose my sanity, commit suicide or go back to
alcoholic drinking.” Then came the miracle. God whispered, “Before you destroy
yourself, why don’t you go back to the mission I gave you three years ago which
That jolting question led Mac to believe that God
wanted him to throw himself unreservedly into helping others who were
struggling to recover from alcoholism and drug addiction. He began doing that and, “Those were painful
days in my life but they became the time of my greatest spiritual growth.” With
Christ’s help, Mac moved from “cannot” to “can”!
Whatever you are
facing, stop and say it out loud: “Lord, I can!” Say it today. Say it tomorrow.
Say it the rest of your life. Say it until you hear Him saying, “You can!” Then,
believe me, you can!
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