Skip to main content

Aye! It is a time of flux once again!

Lewis Carroll once penned, "I can't go back to yesterday - because I was a different person then." Indeed, what we were in the past is not something we can ever return to in the present, nor is it something we can become in the future - because what is past is past. We might want to get back to that size ten dress, or that slim and svelte body that was admired by many a gal back in the day, but today's size ten body is quite different than the size ten body I had in my twenties! There are a few more stretch marks, scars, not to mention cellulite that comes with old age! So, I might have achieved the "size", but I really didn't "go back", if you know what I mean!

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!  This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.  For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:16-19 NLT)

In the midst of today's chaotic and crippling disappointments, we often want to relive a point in time when things were simpler and just less stressful. We want things to be "as they used to be", but we forget just how much stress those times had because it was a different kind of stress! The point is that Jesus never said we'd "arrive" at some point in life and just "coast" there. He assured us that we'd be constantly in a state of "flux" - there would be movement from here to somewhere else, even if we weren't quite sure yet of where that somewhere else would be.  Some things I have learned about being in "flux":

- Today's "momentary afflictions" usually seem like a lot to handle because we compare them to where we were, not where it is we are going. As Paul points out in our passage above, we used to know Christ from a human point of view. Now we see him differently - and rest assured that you will see him differently tomorrow, as well. Our life with Jesus is one of change - from what we used to be into what we are becoming by his presence within us. That may not seem like much, but if we keep that perspective, then these "momentary afflictions" (no matter how catastrophic they may seem) are a means to a new end, followed by a newer end, and then a newer one, and so on.

- Yesterday's "perfect" can be surpassed by today's "not so perfect", even though today's adventure is "not so perfect". It is a matter of keeping our focus on Jesus - so that whatever hurdle we have to overcome today isn't the focus. We see hurdles as impossibilities - he seems them as moments when we can soar! Look it up -  a hurdle is an "artificial barrier" over which runners must leap! Jesus doesn't want us to see them as "true barriers", but as what they are - artificial barriers designed to get us leaping!

- Tomorrow's "flight" will differ from today's because the "conditions of flight" will be totally different. Any pilot will tell you no matter how blue the skies look today, there are wind currents we don't recognize the higher we climb! It doesn't keep us from climbing, because the only way to stay aloft is to get to the place we learn to use those wind currents to our advantage - to give us "lift" and not "drag". I don't know the current you will face, but rest assured of this one thing - we can rise above and use those things to further our progress when we aren't willing to just stay in the hanger!  Just sayin!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What did obedience cost Mary and Joseph?

As we have looked at the birth of Christ, we have considered the fact he was born of a virgin, with an earthly father so willing to honor God with his life that he married a woman who was already pregnant.  In that day and time, a very taboo thing.  We also saw how the mother of Christ was chosen by God and given the dramatic news that she would carry the Son of God.  Imagine her awe, but also see her tremendous amount of fear as she would have received this announcement, knowing all she knew about the time in which she lived about how a woman out of wedlock showing up pregnant would be treated.  We also explored the lowly birth of Jesus in a stable of sorts, surrounded by animals, visited by shepherds, and then honored by magi from afar.  The announcement of his birth was by angels - start to finish.  Mary heard from an angel (a messenger from God), while Joseph was set at ease by a messenger from God on another occasion - assuring him the thing he was about to do in marrying Mary wa

The bobby pin in the electrical socket does what???

Avoidance is the act of staying away from something - usually because it brings some kind of negative effect into your life.  For example, if you are a diabetic, you avoid the intake of high quantities of simple sugars because they bring the negative effect of elevating your blood glucose to unhealthy levels.  If you were like me as a kid, listening to mom and dad tell you the electrical outlets were actually dangerous didn't matter all that much until you put the bobby pin into the tiny slots and felt that jolt of electric current course through your body! At that point, you recognized electricity as having a "dangerous" side to it - it produces negative effects when embraced in a wrong manner.  Both of these are good things, when used correctly.  Sugar has a benefit of producing energy within our cells, but an over-abundance of it will have a bad effect.  Electricity lights our path and keeps us warm on cold nights, but not contained as it should be and it can produce

Scrubbed Up and Ready to Go!

Have you ever considered just how 'clean' your hands really are? In nursing school, I remember this exercise we did where we rubbed hand lotion on our hands, then were told to go scrub them to practice a good handwashing technique. Most of us were going the extra mile by scrubbing back and front, in between the fingers and then even up above the wrist area. Surely our hands were clean, right? We came back to the room for the 'inspection' of our handwashing jobs only to find our instructor had turned the lights off, had a black light set up, and inspected our hands under that glowing beast! Guess what else 'glowed'? Our hands! The lotion was 'laced' with this 'dust' that illuminates under the black light, allowing each of us to see the specific areas around cuticles, under nails, and even here and there on our hands that got totally missed by our good 'handwashing' technique! What we thought was clean really wasn't clean at all. Clean