Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Groping?

You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it. 
(Ephesians 5:8-10 MSG)

All of us grope around at some point in life, whether it being while we are trying to find a career, or maybe the next step we should take in order to get to some point we imagine will make us happier. To grope means we are just feeling our way toward something. Mom is legally blind, but I have noticed her vision failing just a week bit more this year and she is now "groping" around the house a lot more. She seeks those "touch points" that are familiar to her - the back of the sofa as she makes her way to the kitchen, or the length of the hallway wall as she makes her way back to the bedroom. It is a natural part of life to reach out when we don't know which way to go for sure - but to live all of life this way is extremely limiting!

God doesn't want us just barely making our way along in life - feeling our way through. He wants us to know for sure the direction we are to take and then step out into it with confidence and bold assurance. Life without Christ is kind of like life without our vision - always groping for the edges that help us know which path we are on. It is a pretty unclear course and there is a lot to "mire" us down. We find ourselves groping because WE are trying to find our OWN way rather than to have a way made open to us. Mom won't get her eyesight back, so I can see why she gropes for the familiar objects that act as "markers" for her path. We don't have to settle for the darkness of soul that makes us "grope" for some semblance of assurance we remain on the path to where we believe we are supposed to be headed!

Christ has made the way plain - but to enjoy the way that is bright with his presence, we have to change courses! We have to move from needing to trust in what we can see and feel on our own to sometimes not seeing, but trusting we are on the right course because we "feel" something better than a "pathway marker" - we feel his presence. His presence fills the hungry soul and opens the path before us - not so much free of wrong choices, but clearer as to what the right choices should be. Just sayin!