I vacationed with Kenny Chesney. My sisters and I opened our umbrellas and chairs without realizing a mega-country music star sat a few sand dunes away. Kenny appeared relaxed in a ball cap and blue swim trunks. No shoes, no shirt, no problem.
He cast two fishing lines into the Atlantic Ocean and settled in to enjoy the beautiful sunny day. My sisters and I stared unapologetically. Kenny Chesney, really? Here in North Carolina? We wanted to be sure so we devised a test.
With a few clicks on her phone, my sister found, There Goes my Life, and cranked the volume. We hoped the familiar words would garner a reaction from our beach buddy celebrity.
There goes my future, my everything
Might as well kiss it all good-bye
There goes my life
As the song finished, Kenny’s lack of enthusiasm for his number one hit disappointed us. If we approached him, we would be labeled silly, elderly groupies. Kenny coveted privacy since he vacationed without his entourage.
As the sun sank lower, panic set in when he got up and walked toward us. Oh, no. Somebody say something.
Kenny offered his phone and asked if we would take a picture for his wife.
Truth revealed. Not Kenny. Bummer.
With wannabe Kenny so close to us, the truth became obvious. We were not vacationing with Kenny Chesney; not his voice, not his face. Blame the heat, salty air, or aging eyesight. But we missed the truth.
This case of mistaken identity reminded me how important it is to keep God close. I need to keep Him in my personal space so I won’t be fooled by imitations.
He promises to draw near when I draw near. Closeness eliminates mistakes, confusion, and stalking unsuspecting men on the beach.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:8a (NIV)
Nearness breeds familiarity. I will know Him; He will know me. Truth becomes obvious when I keep God close. Then this sheep will know my Shepherd’s voice.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. John 10: 14 (NIV)
Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand
You can’t flip it over and start again
Take every breathe God gives you for what it’s worth