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Can I? The song Can I? deals with the question of looking beyond self.

To look out of my situation, beyond my strength, my limitations, my fragile emotions and basically, my vision. Can I? Spirit, lead me out of this wilderness I know, my hope is not of this earth The first verse is a picture taken right out of Moses experience being in the wilderness after his narrow escape from Pharoah. He s saying, he knows there s got to be more than this. More than living life as a fugitive, as a plain shepherd of Midian, as a father of two sons. But he doesn t know what exactly he s meant for. So yes, God does lead him to Horeb, the mountain of God. And in a mighty revelation, God reveals His purpose and plan for Moses. He must not tarry any longer. He knows his hope is not of Midian. Similarly, we as Christians have been given the blessed revelation of Christ personified, Christ crucified, Christ risen and Christ soon to return again. We must tarry no longer in the routines of the world as did the people in Noah s time up to the Flood, feeling secure and living carelessly, for in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. (Matt 24:38) Christ is a life-changing revelation to be reckoned with. Can I look beyond myself and give you all I am? Can I lay down my small cause for Your greater plan? Looking past these four grey walls to Your Promised Land Lord, please open my eyes, so I can. The chorus resonates with the heartbeat of the title and theme Can I? . The theme in itself suggests that by ourselves we are unable to achieve the objectives in concern and casts doubt over self-ability. The chorus extends that thought to ask if I, can lay down all I am and hope for, in order that I might give myself unto God s sovereignty and his dreams. It puts it across in crystal-clear words that my ambitions, causes and hopes are at best pale and poor compared to the riches of His glorious vision. I know you call me to walk on stormy waters I know you call me to walk on raging seas But when I see the wind and waves And I take my eyes off your holy face All I see is failure and despair Lord I m crying to You Won t you take my hand? The second verse is a descriptive of the emotions Peter must have been experiencing as he stepped out of that boat onto the water as Jesus beckoned him to. Faith and fear mingle in his veins as he climbs over the bounds of safety into the realm of uncertainty and chaos the thrashing waves and howling winds remind him he s a pitiful, wretched soul who can poor afford a single blow from the sea. He s taken his eyes off Jesus by now and the peace and calm he first had in taking the step of

courage and faith out of his comfort zone vanishes like vapour. Immediately doubt sets in and the murky depths swallow him in. In desperation he cries for Jesus to rescue him and realises on his own he can never do the work of God. It s a frightful but important lesson Jesus has given Cephas. It s a hurting and broken world My hands alone, they can t do much But I m trusting in Your promise alone Lord you ll provide, Lord you ll provide It s a hurting and broken world On my own I can t do much But I m holding to your promise alone Your touch, Your touch Abraham was a man who didn t think much of himself. He had left his father Terah to live in Canaan, and often in his run-ins with kings he often dissociated from his wife for fear of his life. In the Covenant of the Torch, God affirmed to him that he would be the father of many nations and through him, all peoples would be blessed. But the reality was that he was beyond the age of fertility, as was Sarai, and he took to his own ways in giving God a break and trying to fulfil God s promise to him, by his own methods which went horribly wrong for his family. Again it s a clear reminder that we need to trust God s promises and not usurp the sovereignty of God in his redemptive purpose for mankind by our self-imposed spirituality, intellect or well-thought systems/programmes. All He asks of us is a humble trust in Him and an accurate mental picture of our handicapped selves. And He will provide like He s promised to. So I can finally see, the brilliant hope you ve chosen for me It s a place that I can finally call my home, my home For Moses, Abraham and Peter, they finally find the home they were looking for (well maybe Moses just got a glimpse of it). Abraham finds his rest in Canaan and God s promise carried on in Isaac, Moses in bringing the people to the Promised Land and Peter in the heart of Jesus (You know all things You know that I love you.) I can see now, Your beauty and Your majesty It overwhelms I ve found, In You I can In You I can In You I can