You know how we wake up some days with a song going through our heads? It’s often a song that we haven’t thought of for years. The chorus of “Learning to Lean” has been going through my brain all morning. At least it’s a piece I like. Not just some random ditty.
Here are the lyrics I’ve been pondering. “Learning to lean, Learning to lean, I’m learning to lean on Jesus. Finding more power than I’ve ever dreamed, I’m learning to lean on Jesus.” These lyrics were penned by John Stallings around 1977. I wonder what experiences he had been going through that prompted him to write these words.
I’m not sure that leaning comes naturally. It’s a learning process. We like to stand on our own two feet and be independent. But with age comes more and more leaning. Canes and crutches and walkers aren’t things we would choose to adorn ourselves with. But necessity warrants them at times.
More than physical leaning, we need to lean on people for emotional stability. How thankful we can be to have friends and relatives who support us when we are weak. Sometimes we are slow to realize how much we need to lean on someone that we trust. Here are some of the lyrics to Ken Medema’s moving song called “There’s a Turning.” Hold my hand now, don’t desert me as we’re walking another mile. At the turnings in the pathway, we will stop and lean a while. And we’ll press on close together with Emmanuel in the lead. In the turning and the leaning, we’ll be learning, yes, indeed.”
God Himself, more than any other, is our spiritual stabilizer. “The Lord is my rock,” said the psalmist (Psalm 18:2). “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). He is dependable. We can trust Him. We can rest in Him during these difficult times
How about a little learning and leaning today? Maybe even a lot?