At the Arnold Youth Retreat in Bloomfield, MO, Andy McDonald had everyone take a favorite song and rewrite it in their own words for one of the activities. The song entitled “I Can Depend on You” written by Pat Moon in 2002 is very encouraging. The song gains inspiration in part from Isaiah 41:10, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (ESV). I reworded the song like this:
1. When I’m in an airplane looking out over the puffy white clouds, Lord, I find you. When I snorkel in the clear blue Caribbean, there you stand. From snowboarding in the Colorado Rockies to fishing in the deep Atlantic Ocean, you made them, Lord they are yours to command.
2. On the warm sunny beach, Lord, I find you. And in the starry moon-lit night there you stand. Every sun, moon, star, and solar system…the universe brags on your brilliance because they fit in the palm of your hand.
3. In the innocence and mouths of babes, Lord, I find you. And by your Spirit and Son, there you stand. You sent your Son at such cost and left your Spirit to seek the lost, such love deserves nothing less than my all.
Chorus: I can depend on you, Lord. I can depend on you. No matter how high or low, far or near I go, Lord I can always depend on you.
This was a fulfilling exercise that helped bring the words of a song into focus and reshape them to relate to personal experiences. God can be seen all around if we will just open our eyes to his glory. In the visible attributes obvious all around and throughout history, the fact that God is dependable screams to humanity. “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:19–20). Strive for the point where you say, “I can depend on you, Lord.”