Honestly—how does Josh Turner hit notes deeper than Smaug’s growl? I feel those tones in my chest more than I hear them. (And I love it—the way I grin and squeal every time I hear him sing makes that quite apparent when you see it.)
My favorite song by him (and one of my favorites of all time) is “Would You Go With Me?” I won’t start gushing about how in the world a banjo can sound so good or those earthquaking bass notes, but one of the most inspiring parts are the lyrics.
If you’ve heard this song before, you may be raising an eyebrow and saying, “It’s a love song.” Nothing fancy? Sure. Sweet but bordering on cliché at moments? Fair enough.
That all depends on who you imagine singing it.
If it’s Josh Turner, then sure, it’s a run-of-the-mill love poem set to super awesome country beats.
But what if it was Jesus?
Stay with me. Go ahead and either listen to the song or read the lyrics. Taken out of a romantic context, almost every one of those lines could come straight out of the mouth of Jesus.
This is especially the case if you’re a lady (Turner addresses the recipient of the song as “girl”), but if you just take out that direct address and interpret that the love being discussed is brotherly/sisterly, that really is the message of Jesus to all of us. Will you follow Me into the oddest places, highs and lows? Will you trust Me? Will you let Me love you? Having you as my family makes Me the happiest Man in the world.
Catholic youth speaker Mark Hart once said, "God would rather die than risk spending eternity without you." And Jesus said to St. Faustina: “You are the delight of My Heart….”
That’s how He loves. The intesity. The depth. The fire burning inside Him for his younger brothers and sisters.
Now go listen to that song, and hear Him say it to you.