A Slow Burn

Have you ever stopped in a busy moment to realize that you are not in any way in control of your life?  Most of us take it for granted that we will make our choices and we will do whatever strikes our fancy.  Most of us know deep down that we are simple people, but the world keeps telling us that we can rise to any level in life that we desire.  We also are aware of the fact that there are two sides to every coin.  Have you ever stopped to examine your life, to see how and why you have made the decisions you have; did you have any coaching or was it all your own idea?

We have been known to ocasionally change direction if we see something that looks like it has more possibilities, but most of us will agree that we desire a personally satisfying life with many rewards.  It will happen if we just keep our minds focused – right?  That sounds reasonable, but the real question is how should they be focused?  Right and wrong!  There happens to be a hitch as there often is in today’s world.  You’re right, many of us know that we are not actually in control, but we haven’t really learned how to give up that control.  Can you be honest for a moment?

A young child will see something he thinks he wants and reach out for it without considering if it’s dangerous.  That’s why God placed a mother and father in his life to show him what is good and what is bad.  That’s where we begin to make our mistakes, assuming that as we grow we no longer need to be told what is good for our welfare.  We too often like what we see and the world does seem to know how to push our buttons.  I wonder if that is why God sent His Son – to be a forever source of help and direction.  He must love us an awful lot to make that sacrifice and how He must grieve when we reject His offer claiming “I can do it myself”.

There is one thing I think I have learned although I often choose to reject it as it seems like a curtain has been dropped between me and Him.  I will never be able to have the satisfaction in my life that I desire when all I can say is that I did it myself.  That attitude might satisfy a young child, but we  will never remain little children and as we grow our vista will be changed whether we want it to or not.  Paul plainly tells us – I do not write these words to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you (1st Corinthians 4:14) – therefore I urge you, imitate me (16) for the kingdom of God is not in word but in power (20).  We may think our satisfaction will come from simply going to church on Sunday, but will our lives show who we are and what we really believe?

We could and should learn a lot from Paul.  He has walked in our shoes and he learned the hard way that the only shoes fit to wear were our Lord’s.  He tells us in the book of Ephesians that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with ever wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ (Ephesians 4:14-15).

Before you decide that is a good thing and you will work on it next week or the week after try to remind yourself that God’s timing might not match yours at all.  Just maybe you cannot afford to put off until tomorrow as we often do; maybe you should seriously be reminded of  what Luke has to say as he quoted Jesus – Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business? (2:49).

Face it, we are all desirous of a calm, weight lifted day, a day when we can simply enjoy the lovely things of this world without the struggle, a day when we can give and see the smiles of joy on many faces.  We have the answer, why don’t we just use it?

Whose shoes will you walk in today?