From time to time on the journey, we are prone to ramble aimlessly. While this piece may not make up aimless rambling, it does qualify as a little of this and a little of that.
Life is filled with little surprises and some big surprises. I’ve learned that the surprise is not the issue. How we deal with those surprises are strong indicators of whether our foundations are based in the sand or on solid rock. In my years as a leader and manager, I’ve often professed a dislike for surprises, yet it is in the element of surprise that I shine and find that my gifts and skills come into full play. We’ve recently had a few surprises that have altered the day’s or week’s plans, but taking time to reflect on the real impact and sometimes the opportunity the surprises present has minimized the pain.
I was reading C. S. Lewis’ Lilies that Fester essay this past week and was reminded once again that there is nothing new under the sun. Ideologies and the way they are pushed have not changed in the 60 years since that essay was written. In a sense this is a clear demonstration of classic thought. The concepts presented are as true today as they were 60 years ago. This essay dealing with the political and educational systems of the day in the U.K., might well have been written yesterday here in the U.S. One key take away from this essay is that the exercise of religious activity does not make one religious in the same way that attending the symphony does not make one refined or cultured. At some point I’ll organize my thoughts around this entire essay and provide my own summary. A well written piece to say the least.
Reading another book, this one by Gabe Jenkins, Deep Waters which calls us to step into the deep end of the pool in our relationship with God. Unless we begin the walk of faith, we will always live our lives in the security of our own controlled environments. A true faith walk is dependent on God’s provision in every aspect of life. Many of us are counting on going to heaven when we pass from this life. Yet we want to do so on our own terms and in a controlled environment. God wants to use this life to prepare us for the next. Part of what we are entrusted with in this life is the element of trusting that God has our best interests at heart. If we live our lives in such a way as to depend on Him, we will grow in our knowledge of Him and the confidence that our safety lies not in our own devices, but in the strong arms of a loving God. We can’t say definitively what we are preparing for, except to live eternally with our God. Yet, He says, those of us who were faithful with what we were given in this life, will be given commensurate responsibilities in the next. The corollary would be that unless we get into Deep Waters in this life with God, He will have no basis for delegating additional responsibility in the next. Good book. I recommend you pick up and give it a read.
Well dinner is close at hand. Until next time, may His grace and peace be with you.