I thought many things were the secret: I-ching, yoga, meditation, Buddha, a myriad of experiences and finally Jesus. Like Jesus. the song has stayed with me throughout my life, sometimes haunting, sometimes comforting. I wandered through many distant lands before I found Jesus or more correctly before He found me. There I was, in a pit I dug for myself. Alone. I finally came to the same conclusion as Clapton. “I have finally found a way to live, just like I never could before. And I know I don’t have much to give, But I can open any door.” At that time, I thought I was opening the door to Jesus, but I think Jesus was the one who opened it and let me out. I didn’t have much to offer him, but my sins and a broken life.
Jesus rescued me and brought me the freedom and joy I longed for, though that took some time with Him. Yet Clapton, though a brilliant guitarist, appears to have lost sight of Jesus. An easy thing to happen when your idolized by so many. Clapton had so much talent that it distracted him with all that fame. But perhaps it was just a song to him, though it sounded very sincere and he’s continued to sing it. Yet I know very little about him, as I don’t follow famous people’s lives.
However, throughout the ups and downs of my life, Jesus has become stronger and sweeter to me. The strains of the song come back to me every once in a while, “in the presence of the Lord.” Though staying in His presence has always been a challenge. It’s easy when I’m listening to music, with friends, praying and reading the Bible, but when life throws a lot of curve balls my way, I sometimes get hit in the head. When that happens, its time to sit down, relax and get in the presence of the Lord. And music helps me get there. Whatever it takes, there’s nothing sweeter that the presence of Jesus. I finally found a place to live.