“I believe my steps are growing wearier each day
Still I’ve got a journey on my mind
Lures of this old world have ceased to make me want to stay
and my one regret is leaving you behind
If it proves to be his will that I’m the first to go
And some how I’ve a feeling it will be
When it comes time to travel likewise don’t feel lost
For I will be the first one that you’ll see
And I’ll be waiting on the far side banks of Jordan
I’ll be waiting drawing pictures in the sand
And when I see you coming I will rise up with a shout!
And come running through the shallow waters reaching for your hand
Through this life we’ve laboured hard to earn our meager fare
It’s brought us trembling hands and failing eyes
I’ll just rest here on this shore and turn my eyes away
And then you’ll come then we’ll see paradise”
Lately, I’ve been reading books again. Actual books with actual pages that you can physically turn.
The latest is a biography and loving and honest tribute by John Carter Cash to his late mother June Carter Cash. The book details how both Johnny and June struggled with drug addictions yet both maintained a stedfast faith that carried them through even the lowest times and darkest moments.
That’s one thing I’m starting to understand when it comes to addiction. You can love Jesus and be an addict. Sometimes God will take the craving and dependency away, but sometimes for whatever reason He leaves His child in the midst of the storm of addiction if only to grow a deeper dependency on Him.
In the end, what matters is that Johnny and June loved each other deeply. They also both had deep faith in Jesus. Yes, they had their demons, but I truly believe that God in Jesus kept His word that nothing could ever separate them from His love– not any power of hell, not any grave, and certainly not any addiction.