“If Tomorrow Never Comes” was released by Garth Brooks in 1989 and was his first #1 single on the Billboard Country Singles chart. I’ve listened to it throughout the years; however, hadn’t heard it in a very long time. A few weeks ago when it played on the Garth Brooks Radio Channel the words penetrated my heart…like I was hearing it for the very first time.
Garth knew what he wanted to say in this song and, with the help of songwriter Kent Blazy, came up with the iconic hit. It is a “what if” story. What if Garth didn’t wake up in the morning, would his loved one know how much he loved her? Had he shown her every day that she was his one and only?
“Is the love I gave her in the past gonna be enough to last if tomorrow never comes?”
He had lost loved ones who never knew the depth of his love. Now living with regret, he wanted to “avoid that circumstance where there’s no second chance” to tell his loved one how he feels.
My husband and I certainly aren’t getting any younger and our health is no longer as healthy. Had I shown my husband every day just how much I loved him? Thankfully, I wasn’t filled with regret…just a desire to love him more.
Music speaks to me in interesting ways, as I have mentioned in previous posts. Our delight in different genres of music have led my husband and me on “destination” concert get-a-ways. The most recent was a quick weekend in Las Vegas to see Rascal Flats.
Our flight to Las Vegas was delayed, so dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant was extremely late (for us). Plus, I ordered pasta. With a spicy sauce. When I woke up at 2:00 am with chest pain, I shrugged it off as indigestion. But when the pain became excruciating, I began to worry.
What if I were having a heart attack? What if I didn’t wake up in the morning?
Needless to say, I woke up the next morning…feeling just fine. And extremely thankful to be alive.
I couldn’t shake my thoughts of the song though. Thanks to Google, there were over 22 million results when I searched the title. Perhaps you aren’t a Garth Brooks fan and have never heard the song. Here is a link to the original music video (1989), just in case you would like to listen and watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMXmcnkxr_I
After watching the video for the first time, I was shocked to see that the “main character” of the video was a little girl, not a grown-woman! I just assumed Garth was singing to his wife! After his first daughter was born in 1992, he would even dedicate the song to her before performing it.
Isn’t it funny how we can hear a song and allow it to be our own? For me, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” was a love song to my husband. But from viewing the music video, the singer wanted to illustrate a daddy singing to his little girl.
While I can make a song my own…make it be whatever I want for my personal circumstances and enjoyment…I don’t have that same liberty when it comes to God’s Word. God’s commands aren’t like a song on Pandora Radio, where I can respond with a 👍or 👎. There’s no picking and choosing the Scriptures I want to follow.
When I have questions about most anything now days, there is Google to supply the answer. I can also search Bible verses that are difficult to understand, but sometimes even after reading numerous commentaries, certain Scriptures are beyond my comprehension.
When we have choices or decisions to make in life, should we Google or ask our Heavenly Father for answers?
God’s voice is the ultimate authority to live by. Not the catchy words to a love song or the results of a Google search. We must seek His counsel in all we do. Know His word to do His will, so we can grow into the likeness of His Son with every day He gives us.
As only God can do, He led me to Psalm 119. Like the song, I have read the Psalm throughout the years, but this time God revealed more to me. Did you know that in Psalm 119, the psalmist prays for God to teach him His statutes and give him understanding at least 16 times?
Listening to music is a relaxing and a fun past time. But soaking in God’s Word is a necessity for living. Are you in His Word every day…and praying to understand what you read?
All Scripture is God breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16) It is divine revelation! We can’t expect to comprehend the Creator’s words in our own power. We must ask the Holy Spirit to intervene on our behalf.
I couldn’t even interpret a song the same way the song writer intended. How can I expect to comprehend the Word of God Almighty on my own?
What if we were to pray, Oh, Father God, give us understanding according to Your word? (Psalm 119:169)
What if we asked God to have the eyes of our hearts enlightened so that we may know the hope to which He has called us? (Ephesians 1:18)
What if we asked for the word of Christ to dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16), so our lives would no longer be a “what if” story, but God’s story?