I am a fan of James Taylor’s music.
I cannot say I am a fan of James Taylor, the man. I don’t know him personally.
To belabor the point, I can’t even say I’m a fan of all his music. I never listen to the last song, Steamroller, on his Greatest Hits CD. It contains vulgar lyrics.
But since first hearing Fire and Rain in the early 70s, I’ve been a fan.
Every time I heard that song, I pictured a young James, one with hair.
I saw him standing in the rain looking upon the smoking remains of a crashed plane. In that plane, his lover, Suzanne (a stewardess) had died.
“Suzanne, the plans they made put an end to you,” James sang.
For 50 years I have been certain this was the theme of Fire and Rain: James’s true love killed in a plane crash.
I recently read James Taylor’s short autobiography, Break Shot, in which he writes about the first 21 years of his life. He tells of writing Fire and Rain. He does not mention a stewardess or a plane crash.
Apparently, those elements are not part of the Fire and Rain story.
As they say, “I would have sworn . . . .”
On August 27th of this year, my dad, if he were still living, would have marked his 90th birthday.
In addition to Dad, several other of my relatives were born near the end of August.
My siblings and I sent group texts to one another on Dad’s birthdate. I mentioned in one of the texts that our Grandpa Stephens had been born on August 26.
“No,” typed my brother, Sam. “Grandpa’s birthday was August 25.”
“You may be right,” I typed.
I thought I could spray Windex on our flat screen TV and clean the smudges.
I spent half an hour cleaning off the Windex plus the original smudges.
I believed I could get a walk finished before the rain hit. Wrong. . . and wet.
Never does a day go by that I am not wrong about something.
If I am not careful, I get down on myself, call myself derogatory names, and doubt my ability to say or to do anything right.
At such times I must remind myself this is a ploy of Satan. His purpose, according to John 10:10 is to “steal, kill, and destroy.”
Why would I let him call the shots, tell me who I am, and what I can do?
He is not my master.
Christ is my Master.
That same verse in the book of John tells me Jesus came so that I “may have life, and have it to the full.”
About these facts, I am not wrong.
Don’t become discouraged with your tendency to be mistaken about small matters.
Just make sure you are right in your choice of a Master.