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Empire of Dirt; Dominion of God Over All
Cash and Hodgson sang the words for Us to Hear and for all those within the sound of their Voice to Heed: “Life is a Put On,” “You can Have My Empire of Dirt,” what it really means "Trust in the Lord"
Empire of Dirt; Dominion of God Over All
Taking today’s inspiration from two songs: ‘Hurt’ as performed by Johnny Cash and ‘Hungry’ by Rodger Hodgson.
In ‘Hurt’ Johnny Cash sings “And You could have it all, My Empire of Dirt” this chorus strikes with great might as delivered in His Old Age, really forcefully in the image of a broken deserted Old Man regardless of If Cash wrote the lyrics He made them His Own forever.
Just a brief On how this song has been hitting Me in the last few weeks.
I made plans Last Week to launch the ‘Wilford Institute’ as in My Journal I intended to make quite an organization in the Image of a Scientific Community. But what would that amount to? Would it truly be in the image of the Son, of Christ. I have severe Doubts, which My writing I hope will alleviate and Help Me see more clearly.
This is not to Cast a shadow over the facets of A Good Career or Work Ethic, it is rather a sober overview of chasing after worldly things for their own sake.
I recognize the many thousands of quiet hours of struggle of generations prior to Our Own. How many suffered On silently. And this is captured and preserved perfectly in the ballads of Music stars before Us, Cash and Hodgson My favourite of these.
Rodger Hodgson with His Plaintive Cry…He sings “Maybe Life is Just a Put-On.”
This You come to realize after the promise of great success has flittered into nothing but a string of failures. But the secret is that You were the lucky One to have understood this lesson—most people [as with a glamorous photo on Instagram or Facebook] are just attaching to a ‘Put On.’ Seeming to never succumb to doubt and pretending to drive from success to success. There is No such thing, especially as divorced from God. It’s a Put On, nobody is contented with idolatry, it’s a thirst which never dies. And transforming Yourself into an Idol of Your Own Making is the worst practice of this. Again not to disparage genuine happiness in God—Here I am saying that the happiness of Idolatry and Atheism is non existent. It’s a Put On as Hodgson so meaningfully passed to Us.
I have found great poetic truth in both of these sentiments as expressed through these songs.
Where poeticism greatly appreciates the depth and complexity of life.
For much of My adolescence and early 20s I had nothing but a fantasy of a super-rich, super-famous, super-successful life where all of My worldly aspirations would be achieved. Back then I didn’t know to call these aspirations by their appropriate name: they are ‘worldly.’ And they do linger on still in My life today, as I believe after the sayings of the Desert Fathers that You must expect ‘temptations until death.’
What happens when You earn that first $1,000,000?; or when You have been the greatest country singer of all time? A many years [or perhaps a few] pass by and then You call it what it is: an “Empire of Dirt.”
Or if having failed at everything despite the many promises of success, You realize that Life is Just a “Put On.”
There may be billions of people who do not consider such things before they realize them for Their Own Self.
This is where the expression “Money doesn’t But happiness” is so affectionately true.
I haven’t realized it until now after My many idolatries have failed Me. Though I thank God that Idolatry is shown in its lacklustre before My very eyes. It is like seeing a veil lifted and the ugliness is shown and painful to see. But You’re glad You saw it early as possible.
What I think God is trying to prepare Me for—and I am very fortunate for this despite the dull ache it provides in monotony and slow drag of time and of boredom [a dull ache which spurns Me on to Alcohol]. I think that God is breaking Me down with pain Now such that I come to greater realization, ‘revelation’ before My time on the Earth is Up. You see because God puts up with our vanity and sin for a long time and is patient and long-suffering. In this way He would rather put the battle squarely in front of Me, on guard over the distant threat that I would not learn life lessons before I die.
These Songs ring truer than the precious glee of idolatry that flees in a few seconds. These Songs ring as true as the breath that is In Me. The breath of life as given by My creator God.
And when I observe a maniacal and money-obsessed Internet personality through My monitor—I do not envy their airs of success, much of which is faked for video presentation. Rather I attach an eternal significance and value to the lesson learned from Johnny Cash and Roger Hodgson. They sang the words for Us to Hear and for all those within the sound of their Voice to Heed: “Life is a Put On,” “You can Have My Empire of Dirt,” what it really means is ‘Trust in the Lord, Pray, and Flee from turning Yourself into an Idol’ [do not glory in the World]. We would be fools to treat these lines as wasted pop-sensation. They contain a plaintive truth. As I have written above.
With All of this I do not simply pray for Deliverance, but Rather, as Pastor Vlad Savchuck teaches Us, I pray that the Lord Delivers Us Yes, but then that He Developes Us in to Dominion. His Dominion. As inheritors of His Kingdom, We must abandon Our plans and Patiently Wait and Pray to adopt the plans of the Lord. In time All will be revealed, and it will be revealed to You in Your Life-Time and in Prayer.
In Jesus Name, Amen - Greg M. Wilford.