“Don’t Give Up”…


River of Gold


Can I tell you a story?  It’s a little weird.  I don’t normally tell people this because either they don’t believe me, or they just think I’m being weirder than usual.

Many years ago, when my children were still very young, and I was trapped in a loveless marriage, and for many reasons, my life seemed pretty bleak actually…. until,  I was given a sign.

I had an alarm clock next to the bed that was set for 7am, and when it went off it played the local radio station.  One night, the alarm went off in the middle of the night.  Strange… but there must be an ordinary explanation.  Maybe the power went off and the radio just came on when the power returned.  Although the clock didn’t reset to 12.00 as it should have and it wasn’t flashing to indicate a power outage.  Oh well… maybe it was a short in the radio or something.  No big deal.

Until the next night when it did it again.  Same time, in the middle of the night.  I double checked to see when the alarm was set to go off, and sure enough, 7am.

By the third night it had my attention.  This time I took note of the song playing on the radio.  “Don’t Give Up”.. by Peter Gabriel.  I vaguely knew the song, but was unfamiliar with the words.  So the next day I went out and bought a copy of the song.  Put the tape into my car stereo (told you it was awhile ago), and the tears started flowing from eyes.  Message received.

And the radio never again started playing in the middle of the night.

That was close to 2 decades ago, and yet it’s still rare for me to hear that song without getting choked up.  It seems to come into my awareness whenever I need it most.

Yesterday I was feeling down, defeated.

It just seems that whenever I start to make progress with my physical healing, something else comes up and it takes 2 steps back.  Recently I was accidentally  glutened, twice.  Once severely enough to land me in hospital for the afternoon.  The other was my own stupid fault for not understanding the label correctly.  Took me days to get over it.  I was depressed.

Then it came on the radio.  “Don’t Give Up”… right on time, right when I needed it.  Try as I might to resist, my eyes couldn’t help but well up.  This song lets me know I’m not alone in my struggles.  I have support.  Both seen, and unseen.  It’s a reminder that none of us walk this planet alone.. that assistance is always available, we just have to remember to ask for it.  We have friends.  Friends we don’t even realise we have… but who love us without condition and without reservation.

This song reminded me that I can achieve health.  No….  That I WILL achieve health.