Week 7 Day 6
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked, or stand in the way that sinners take, or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on it day and night.
One of my favorite poems from child hood is Robert Frost’s Stopping by woods on a snowy evening. Within the lines of this poem is the idea of a divergent path which calls the speaker out of the ordinary routine of travel and travail. So accustomed are he and his horse to the routine of his labor that this moment of speculation causes, he believes, some consternation for his horse.
When we consider and perhaps strike out on a divergent path we are stepping utide of the familiar. To follow Jesus in this life is definitely stepping out of the familiar. It almost seems at times that we begin to live life on two plains, one rooted here on the earth with all of it’s problems and worries, the other exalted in the heavenlies at the feet of our Lord Jesus, our Christ.(Ephesians 2:6) The ways in which we cope with this seeming duality are the very fabric of being a Christian in the world today.
I believe that there comes with time a tempering of our passions and a perspective other than the purely visceral and reactionary. The thing we often do not consider, is that the more balanced we become in Christ and the duality of our existence the more Christ’s chief enemy seems to take an interest in us. (John 16:33) The only responses we can make to this is to “resist” (James 4:7) and to pray (I Thessalonians 5:17) and to trust in the Lord in all things. (Proverbs 3:5-6)