I can’t go with you and stay where I am

(This one’s for A.E.)

Originally a song performed by Garth Brooks, I first heard “You Move Me” sung by Susan Ashton on her CD A Distant Call.  I appreciate its range of emotional honesty, from “frozen solid” fear to outright laughter.  For me those emotions sometimes come only moments apart.

Mostly the song reminds me of the courage I receive from family, friends, colleagues, and (above all) from God to step out on the path I’m called to walk.  Much of the time, I’d prefer not to budge, wishing to stay put.  That’s comfortable, that’s safe.  But you and I cannot stand still on a journey.  We’re invited forward one step at a time in trust, in hope.  And slowly, our steps become less halting, less hesitant steps.  This song suggests that they actually become like a dance.

As you go wherever and with whoever the journey takes you, go in the grace and peace of Jesus Christ your Saviour and Lord.  He loves you unconditionally and promises to be with you always.

This is how it seems to me
Life is only therapy
Real expensive
And no guarantee

So I lie here on the couch
With my heart hanging out
Frozen solid with fear
Like a rock in the ground

But you move me
You give me courage I didn’t
know I had
You move me on
I can’t go with you
And stay where I am
So you move me on

This is how love was to me
I could look and not see
Going through the emotions
Not knowin’ what they mean

And it scared me so much
That I just wouldn’t budge
I might have stayed there forever
If not for your touch

Oh but you move me
Out of myself and into the fire
You move me
Now I’m burning with love
And with hope and desire
How you move me

You go whistling in the dark
Making light of it
Making light of it
And I follow with my heart
Laughing all the way

Oh ‘cause you move me
You get me dancing and you
make me sing
You move me
Now I’m taking delight
In every little thing
How you move me

Related:
Blogger Eryn Mikel also meaningfully reflects on this song here.

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