Thursday, February 16, 2012

Aretha's Natural Woman....A gospel song?



As I'm sitting here at Starbucks, getting frustrated with html and pictures, Aretha Franklin's strong soulful voice comes over the speakers. Natural Woman is her classic ode to a wonderful man, who's come into her life and turned her upside down life, right side up.  As I'm listening to the words, I start thinking, "Wait a minute.  This is what God has done for me!"  If He'll forgive me for calling Him "Baby"; I could sing this song to my God.  Take a look at the lyrics and see what I mean.....






Lyrics

Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel uninspired
And when I knew I'd have face another day.
Lord, it made me feel so tired.
Before the day I met you
Life was so unkind.
Your love was the key to my peace of mind (WOW!  Life really was unkind.  And my peace of mind comes from no one, but my Savior, my Father, my Friend)
'Cause you make me feel, you make me feel,
You make me feel like a natural woman.(It's God Who made me a woman and it's His presence that makes me thrill to show the world this nature of Him)
When my soul was in the lost and found(HELLO!!!  Ever feel this way?)
You came along to claim it.(Yes He did!!!!  And really, He's the ONLY one Who can!)
I didn't know just what was wrong with me(Okay, I still feel this sometimes, but in the most "I think I may be NUTS" way!  But truly, what was wrong was that I was looking for my worth in THINGS and PEOPLE.  A never ending disappointment to my self worth)
Till your kiss helped me name it.
Now I'm no longer doubtful of what I'm livin' for,(No!  There's no doubt!  Because what else is there?  WHO else is there that has the words of life?) 
'Cause if I make you happy I don't need to do more.(The key words there for me is "I don't need to do more".  Really?  I really don't NEED to do more?  Oh. My. Gosh!!  Truly, what sweet freedom!  God DOES delight in me!!  He IS happy with me!  I can rest in His unconditional love.  No vying for His attention.  No trying so hard to follow a set of rules.  And NO feeling daily like He's displeased with me!  I just love this verse of the song!!)
You make me feel, you make me feel,
You make me feel like a natural woman.

Oh, baby, what you've done to me(Made me His own!)
(What you've done to me')
You make me feel so good inside(Yes He does!)
(Good inside.)
And I just want to be 
(Want to be)
Close to you(To just draw up so close to the Source of all LOVE, who or what else can give me that kind of joy?)
You make me feel so alive!(Absolutely!)
You make me feel, you make me feel,
You make me feel like a natural, natural woman.
You make me feel, you make me feel,
You make me feel like a natural natural woman
You make me feel, you make me feel,
You make me feel like a natural natural woman

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