>I awoke this morning to a slew of comments on the news that were not encouraging. I believe it was Garner Taylor quoting someone else(?) that said that a teacher (preacher) should have the bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. And I get his point in the sense of having some clue of what is going on in the world you live in, but this morning I could have done without it.
I’m not sure if it was the outlook on the economy and the sheer number of lingering unemployed people, the increase amount of foreclosures, the regular senseless violence (how do you assault anyone let alone the elderly), or the Royals up and down season (decade,quarter-century…) Maybe it was none of those; maybe I’m just a little drained. Whatever it was for a brief moment I slipped. And for the sake of clarity let me go ‘exegetical’ for a moment on my thoughts and perhaps you will find that you have done the same thing.
3 Reasons how I slipped
1. I entertained the thoughts about what is going on as a surprise. For just a second I considered what was said as though it was something ‘new’ to me. I forgot the ninety plus times in the gospels and elsewhere that tell us trouble doesn’t last…but there will be trouble. Being surprised by what is known to have to happen opens us up to all kinds of trouble.
2. I left the TV’s story and started to create my own story. Sometimes those stories come in the form of questions. ‘What if I lose my job?’ ‘What if the violence moves its way into my neighborhood?’ ‘What if the royals are garbage forever?’ ‘What if I sprain my ankle getting out of the bed?’ The question would not be bad in itself, the problem is in our brains we never stop with the question. By the time you get to the question mark you have already created a vivid picture of the conclusion.
3. I stayed there too long. This one is the dangerous one and the one we tend to miss most. We think that when we rise that we leave that perspective folded up in the comforter or nestled in between your slippers. The reality is when you get up…the wrong perspective has already brushing his teeth in the bathroom, shaving and eating a doughnut.
THIS WAS where I was. But then I remembered what Paul reminded us corporate Jews and Gentiles about in Ephesians 2:9 that WE are His Masterpiece “having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.” Whatever the problems (or the good things for that matter) that come
my, your, our way, we have to remember the things we do as a privilege to serve God were marked out well before the appearance of ‘trouble’ came on the TV.
Having remembered that I got out of the bed and prayed with my wife family…
Faithfulness is not ignorant of all the possibilities…even some of the bad things that are likely. But faithfulness recalls the object of what we believe will be true even if it is necessary that it cannot be true today. We don’t long for some far off fairyland where midnight never comes and the fairy godmother just keeps the party going on the daily. We long for a fair and just God; our Father who reminds us daily that He is never going to part.
What do you all think? Do we slip up? Do we forget? Or are we bombarded with so much so often that we miss it?