For all people who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature; and they were unable from the good things that are seen – to know the one who exists, nor did they recognize the artisan – while paying heed to his works; but they supposed that either fire or wind or swift air, or the circle of the stars, or turbulent water, or the luminaries of heaven were the gods that rule the world. Gracious God, continually guide the works of my hands and the meditation of my heart that I may daily to live – not by circumstance nor coincidence but by your faithfulness and your Love.
When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him… Mark 5:1-20 No doubt the Gerasene in this story was a complete mess to the point of living in a cave. Yet, though the townspeople called him a demoniac, even in his affliction, only he seized an opportunity to encounter the living God and immediately ran directly towards Jesus while he was still at a distance! When our lives are out of sync we sometimes have a tendency to run away or run to the wrong people, those who don’t have our best interest. In those times we need to remember to let the love that is within us draw us ever nearer to God and eventually the enemies of God’s Spirit will begin to fall away and be replaced by a right mind and right fellowship.
“Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Luke 20:19-26 I heard a conversation from some young ladies about how their boss treated everyone as if they could be replaced. While I understood their frustration the unfortunate reality is that it was true. Their bosses agenda doesn’t have to be their agenda. Just do the work they were hired to do and you don’t get replaced. Keeping in mind that we don’t always get to work in the best environments. Whatever we do, our work, is always done for the glory of God. In this way what we do becomes a ministry in which God’s favor and grace falls on us for our faithfulness in his desire to see us through the situation. That’s God’s agenda!
Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
Turtledoves are known to mate for life. Often used as symbols of devoted love, of equal significance is the importance of relationships, which can only be achieved when two or more come together. Eventually, peace as the absence of chaos gives way to the relationships we have with one another. They are not always perfect, yet amidst this imperfectness is God’s perfect relationship of love with each of us. According to the Law, two turtledoves were offered as sacrifice for the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:24). I am grateful for that same emblem of love and faithfulness, which continues to be offered and renewed through the gift of the birth of our Lord and Savior everyday.
If we could interact specifically and only with God would we be as faithful to his law as we claim our desire to be? If we could walk in his presence physically by his side would we be as focused on his will? If we could clearly hear his voice as in a meeting across a conversation table would we heed his every consultation? If only we could… what would the world really be like, what true wisdom might we gain? As we wait for God, how long must God wait for us?
Matthew 23: 37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.