“He watched where everyone else was going, and went the other way.”
“Half the miles on my truck are from turning around and going the other way.”
It’s all fun and games until we’re talking about eternity.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:1
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28 (ESV)
We get a choice. We get to choose which way we go.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Proverbs 9:8-10 (ESV)
I have chosen the scenic route for most of my life.
Yesterday I heard someone say “Give us the hard way and the easy way, and we’ll take the hard way every time.”
He was joking, but he certainly was making a good point.
And why not? The scenic route is also the most informative. (and challenging and difficult) but it is through that route that we learn what does and does not work, and how to go about life in a better way.
If we are a Jesus follower, it is during these times that we find out how strong we can be through Him, and just how close He walks with us if we choose to let Him.
My encouragement to you is this; when eternity is at stake, to choose wisely.
When the end is here, that choice is all that matters.
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 (ESV)
This post is more about what pushes us into and/or out of that cave.
Don’t get me wrong.
Contact is fine, that leaving the cave.
But in truth, it isn’t always energizing, and sometimes it’s simply exhausting.
People can be loud.
People can be out of order.
People and be stinky and ill mannered.
(And maybe they think I am all of those things!)
People, like myself, are just trying to get back to their caves.
When it comes down to it, the reality is that people are not noticing the people and things around them that have nothing to do with their day, unless they happen to get in their way.
We’re all just trying to return to our cave dwellings.
We live all together, yet alone.
In other words, you really can get too much of a good thing.
Too much time presiding contentedly in our caves can indeed become excessive (or obsessive) to the point of being “too much of a good thing”.
It can turn us into self centered persons, who are really unappealing.
This condition I’ve found in myself has caused in
me something I will call “Holy
dissatisfaction“, here is an example;
-I have a favorite shirt. I wear it all the time. It starts out pristine. It becomes comfortable. After time it begins to break down. It becomes threadbare. It no longer serves its purpose, “dissatisfaction”, has been achieved, and the shirt must be replaced. I get to choose at this point whether to replace it or not. If I don’t, it will further disintegrate, causing sadness and possible regret for me not being able to make the change. If I venture out for a new shirt, I may find that there are others out there that I can enjoy just as much.-
Seeking out others can be loud, and messy, and exhausting; but isn’t that what we’re here to do? Reach out to others?
What if I see out and about in town
today, and I manage to “get in your way”?
What if I greet you pleasantly instead
What if I can help you reach that item
high on the shelf?
What if I let you in on that line of
traffic, or buy your coffee in the drive thru?
What if I could give you just one good
thing to smile about today?
It really wouldn’t cost me much of anything extra.
That would create a wonderful moment for each of us.
But I had to leave my “Cave” in order to make that happen.
So let me encourage you – Make a moment. Make two.
Heck, let’s make it a habit!
Making moments until next time.
where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. Matthew
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21 (ESV)
Transition = Process of change; A process or period in which something undergoes a change and passes from one state, stage, form, or activity to another. (Encarta Dictionary)
An example of transition is that uncomfortable space in between when we are working for something and are about to receive it.
Or after we have received it, and gotten really comfortable with it, so we are in the place of moving on to the NEXT thing.
Long ago, back in the day, I thought that I would have transition once, and that would be it.
How naive I was; long ago, back in the day.
Through many years of “process”, I’ve learned that we are in a constant state of transitions, usually in more areas than one at once.
I’ve also found, for myself anyway, that if I argue with the process, or hang on to things longer than I should in my “comfortable place”, I simply end up exhausting myself and those around me; all the while never reaching any kind of new goal.
This is where I find myself today.
Somewhat wondering what is next.
So Dear Reader; I was prepared to dump all that process here, all at once, then decided to dump it out just a little at a time.
I hope you choose to join me for this journey, however long or short it ends up being.
And if you do, don’t hesitate to share any thoughts or comments that you may deem helpful.
Sometimes, in order to transition well, we (read I) need a village.
You may have your own ideas on this, but here, in this space; I’ll share what I believe to be true.
here is a scripture I love;
He has made
everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart,
yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the
end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV)
Note; God has put eternity in the hearts of men – Eternity fits in there? What will you do with yours?
Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. They pass through the Valley of Baka, (Valley of Weeping/Sadness) they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. Psalm 84:4-6 (NIV)
Note; Hearts set on pilgrimage. (A journey to a place with special significance.) The people spoken of here have walked through some hard times; Times of tears and sadness, and it is possible to come out on the other side with joy!
For I do not
want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time
with you, if the Lord permits. 1 Corinthians 16:7 (ESV)
They just want to go home; A place where we would like to spend some time.
For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone. Ephesians 2:18-20 (ESV)
we know Jesus, we are no longer strangers, but people with a home to live in.
citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power
that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20-21
Christ, our citizenship is in Heaven.
Come to me, (Home) all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (ESV)
We have a heavenly home, where we are not only known, but He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 (ESV)
Back to the eternity idea;
Ever wonder what the hole in your heart was?
You can’t describe it.
You know it’s there, but it’s identity remains a mystery.
“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.
― Blaise Pascal
Why not try filling that space by going to the God who created it and knows the most about it?
Certain truths about God in the Bible are confusing and even troubling to some. In this lab, John Piper corrects one way of questioning God, and encourages another. Questions are welcome, even necessary part of the Christian life, but they must be offered to God with the right attitude.Click here for further study.
God does not count questions as disbelief.
God had answers.
Now, when it comes to prayer, there are a lot of folks who have the idea that God doesn’t want us to ask Him questions. But that’s not true! God delights in His children asking Him questions. In fact, God was asked questions… big and small… all the way through the Bible. Click here to read about some ways that Gods answers our questions.
Seek first to understand.
Above all, seek wisdom.
“I tend to ask God for help in understanding, rather than blindly asking for elimination of something because that might be the only way for me to learn. It’s called experience. From experience comes testimony. James 1:5 tells us that if you ask for wisdom, God will give it generously without finding fault: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James A. Washington. Read more about it here.
It is OK not to understand everything.
God meets us where we are.
” Sometimes people think they have to get their lives together BEFORE they come to Christ (like, “i need to get over my addiction, get a hold of my vices,” etc), whereas it is Christ who saves and cleanses you. If we could fix ourselves, then we wouldn’t need a Savior. But like was said before, we still need to have repentant hearts… He’s not going to shove himself down our throats” manillabar Quote taken from this question/answer forum.”
It is OK to ask questions.
Only seek Him with a sincere heart.
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. Proverbs 3:13-14 (ESV)