Thursday, 5 November 2020
Title: Roses Are Red, My Love, Violets Are Blue
Author: Arnold Lim
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
Many of us from my generation are not only familiar but able to sing this 60s song by Bobby Vinton. While listening to it again the other day, I was just struck, for the first time, how sad the song really is. Here’s a look at some lines from the song:
We dated through high school, and when the big day came, I wrote into your book …
Then I went far away, and you found someone new…
Is that your little girl? She looks a lot like you…
From the lines, it is quite obvious that Bobby Vinton remembers a girl from high school. For reasons unknown, they did not get together. Jobs in different cities caused them to be parted. The letters (emails) and phone calls got fewer as time passed and eventually, she married somebody else. When he meets her next, with a daughter, his sadness probably prompted him to write the song.
Alright, I may be imagining things!
Bobby Vinton, 85, is well, and living in Florida and husband of only one wife, Dolly, whom he married in 1962. (Source: Wikipedia) He did not seek out his old girlfriend and risk his marriage.
In contrast, a married friend of mine, tracked down an old flame of his, who was also married at the time. He found her on Facebook. They met up and one thing led to another, and they ended up having an affair. Of course, the wife found out, and you guessed it, the marriage ended up in divorce.
Do not dwell in the past. Leave the past behind. Look forward, not back. It can be detrimental to your walk with God. Men, especially, guard your heart. (Proverbs 4:23) and continue to rejoice in the wife of your youth. (Proverbs 5:18-23) (Read these verses on your own.)
Then, your righteousness will shine like the dawn and your vindication like the noon day sun.
Our Lord and Heavenly Father, You are a great and awesome God, slow to anger and abounding in love.
Thank you for Your great love for us; that nothing can snatch us out of Your hands. Thank you for Your great mercy and grace. Thank you for the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for us. Help us to look forward, Lord, and not dwell in the past. Help us to strive forward, leaving what is behind us, to reach the goal of perfection in Jesus Christ.
And I now pray, we will trust in You and do good, so that we will dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. We take delight in You, and we pray that You will give us the desires of our heart. We commit our way to You; we trust in You and we pray that You will make our righteousness shine like the dawn and vindicate us like the noonday sun.