Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Far Far Better things
Gratitude Year 4 - Day 117: Today, I am grateful for "far, far better things ahead."
A C.S. Lewis is a great way to start the day. This is the promise of God breathed scripture, yet I fight to hold on to yesterday and put far to much burden on today. I cling to the temporary when the eternal is our promise and our assurance. As believers Jesus, we can know God keeps his promises.
"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. - CS Lewis
Lately... it seems... I have been reminded often of the temporary and instantly changing circumstances of this world. As good stewards of what we have been given, it is good and right to plan and make wise choices. Absolutely! But, perhaps there are times to throw off the ropes that hold us safe in the harbor and set the ship to sail...full speed ahead.
I love the energy of youth. They are so full of energy. For them, trying new things is not so scary. In fact, it energizes them. They don't have a regiment that must be followed and a change does not throw them completely for a loop. In fact, they tend to enjoy the adventure of mixing it up.
Our Jesus...his call...it is typically going to "mix it up" a little. In his creative image...we have a need to do new things. It keeps us young. It keeps us growing. It keeps us trusting. It is hard to grow us when we fight him every step of the way for the steering wheel.
"Who's driving the bus?" In our world, we have used this phrase in conversation for years. It is intended to help us define who is in charge of any given situation. Sometimes, we can be more flexible when we have a clear understanding of who is leading...and who is not in charge.
Oh, my little world is my universe, but our God has a real universe to manage. My universe = tiny. His Universe = infinity and beyond.
This means that there are times he calls us from the safety of the shore and leads us into deep, rough, scary waters. Do my prayers take into account his big picture purposes? Do I submit my plans before him as an offering...asking for guidance, strength and His direction? Do I have to answer my own questions publicly? You, likely know the answer without my open confession...and so does He.
This scripture goes so well with this CS Lewis quote:
This is a powerful verse for those ready to leave the safety of the shore. Am I ready? Ha! I do like to spend time preparing and "packing my bag". But Jesus said., "Come." "Follow me." If you have to think about it and prepare...don't bother. The rich young man in Matthew 19 couldn't do it: