Monday, October 31, 2011
The Cloud & The Divine Darning
We all know it’s uncomfortable to stay in the same place. Our whole lives are based on the premise of perpetual progress – the advancement of self to be more like Christ. In turn, our transformation is meant to influence that of another, through the grace and glory of God. What the ultimate journey accomplishes is nothing less than radical. And along the evolving pathway are the inevitable discoveries that teach us how to be for God while being in the world.
Perhaps the most challenging aspect of the radical life is staying up on its down sides. No one said living wholesomely was easy. In fact, the fullest route is by the far the most difficult and requires courage beyond the human mind. The key question in response is what fear mode will ignite: a fear of burdens or a fear of Christ? A fear of life or a fear of God’s life for us? Two completely different fears, two completely different lives.
The Bible is saturated with powerful hits that help us cope with despondency. And the more we meditate on God’s wondrous precepts, the more we’ll find His goodness in the cracks of our imperfections. In heartbreak, there are joyous silver linings that turn twinges into tickles. This elation in recreation occurs when we accept a divine darning and admit wholeheartedly the need for it. Too often we make what’s required an option. For instance, running to God in the midst of adversity can teeter on the verge of conditionality, when we should recognize it as marvelously mandatory.
With what we empathize on paper usually has a harder time seeping into the mainstream of our entirety. We tend to overlook the fact holiness doesn’t administer shortcuts or promote compromise. Real Christianity cancels out the grayness that we western believers like to mix in to the rhythm of everyday living. We can’t ever forget that only two directions exist in the spiritual realm, and the Spirit is the compass we abide by.
The direction and flavor of my life is dramatically changing; however, I'm not alien to the faithfulness of the Lord. I see his mighty hand at work, not only in my life, but in those around me. Maybe you can relate to the feeling of a bittersweet whirlwind or sympathize with an empty vagabond. As a rocked boat, I hope to righteously manage these rough seas with open sails. And as I nagivate this sea of beautiful unknowns, I know I'm secure in the Father’s arms and the warmth of his embrace erodes all binds. Our lives are but clouds, volumes of vapor that God breathes into to produce something far greater than we can possibly fathom. In a world full of texts and tweets, to follow Him, even if the call demands the shedding of our fragilities, is truly the greatest opportunity and gift we can ever experience.
2 Corinthians 4:7-15
New Living Translation (NLT)
7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. 11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. 12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you. 13 But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.” 14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus,will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. 15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.