In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God (John 1:1). And that is where we first get off track even though most of us have heard those words early in life. The Word is not off track, it is us and our understanding. Many things will develop from our growth as time passes, but it is undeniable where the growth is coming from - our acceptance of its origin and our willingness to comply with its truth. How about those apples, friend? You can study and practice over and over again, but to no avail. Surrender is the source of advancement, believe it or not.
You might be wondering at this point why He didn’t just create us that way, but I am sure you already know that would provide no satisfaction. Willingness is the frosting needed for this particular cake and what a cake it can be. You might be wondering why we make it so hard and yet you already know what a flop it would be without the ingredient of effort. Even with all this knowledge you know we will still fight to get our own way. What a stubborn bunch we are!
Many of you already have experienced what “giving up” can finally bring about and wondered why it took you so long. I remember hearing something about a road well traveled and this is definitely not an easy road. However, those who have traveled it will tell you there is nothing more glorious and nothing more worthwhile. It’s not very smart to waste the life God gave us learning only at the end what we could have had and could have done for the One who created us. I do realize however that if He had given us the smarts we needed it would not have given Him the satisfaction over His creation. I have to believe that most of us desire to give our Creator joy by living the life He created us for. Our biggest problem is the ditch we have managed to dig along the way. I don’t believe it was our deliberate intention, but the surprise that came with our assumption that it would be a simple solution. Accepting the value and recognizing the cost before choosing the solution is by far the best approach and then having the assurance that we are not alone if we choose to ask for help.
All things were made through Him…In Him was life, and the life was the light of men and the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it (3-5). As often as we hear it and as often as we try to comprehend it we will never truly understand it. We are not puppets pulled by a string; we are pieces of God’s heart, dearer than we will ever be able to comprehend. Our choices are held in His heart and yet He gave us our freedom. You have to be terribly mixed up to not comprehend that our joys and our sorrows are also His. Do you stop to think about that as you put your hand to any plow?
It is very nice to know that we have a God who not only created us, but also loves us. It seems awfully foolish to worry about anything, but at the same time it is hard to give it all up and never worry about the things we do not know or can’t control. The bills still have to be paid and we still need to make the money to pay them, don’t we? And yet what is it that really brings us joy at the end of each day? If you are honest with yourself most of us will admit that it is not what makes us happy, but when we know that our Lord and Savior is happy with what we have accomplished in the day just finished. Then we can enjoy a peaceful rest and begin the next day with joy.
O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow may richer, fuller be.