031501 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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Matthew 18:3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Change is frightening for many people. I have been reminded recently of the passage from Ecclesiastes chapter 3 about times and seasons. As a pastor I faced a total of five “resignation” moments as God led me from one place to another. It was never easy, but I also recognized that I was not moving for the sake of opportunity, although that did occur, rather I moved because God impressed upon me that it was time to go. I have seen the same thing happen a couple of times since I retired and although it is frequently painful I realize that these comings and goings are God’s opportunity to share our hearts with someone new and to seek God’s new high places.
For that to happen we need to learn to understand the resilience and eagerness of a child whose mind is ready, and whose heart is open to the next thing. To one degree or another this is a matter of will, or choice. On the other hand, it is a spiritual victory to be gained in “putting off the old man” like a dirty old overcoat and putting on the clean fresh garment of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 1:18“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Colossians 3: 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.