And having surrendered everything but their will to live, the trio could hardly believe their eyes when they saw land in front of them… they were safe. Alive. This amazing, true story of survival may seem like nothing you’ve experienced… but haven’t you? Isn’t this the story of man? A great fall. Becoming lost. Facing adversity. Highs. Lows. Struggling to gain control of the uncontrollable. Ultimate weakness. Surrender. Faith. Rescue.
I was surprised to learn that longsuffering is the same fruit of the spirit (Gal. 5:22) that we typically call patience. I can see why modern day writers chose to change the King James translation. If you’re cruising along on love, joy, and peace… a word like longsuffering makes you hit the brakes and wonder whether you took a wrong turn. Longsuffering? Doesn’t sound like fruit to me. Can I pass on that one and take an extra helping of goodness or faith instead?
Maybe we’re beyond seeing God in a Santa sort of way, hoping that if we’re good, He’ll give us what we ask for. But are we willing to say—without condition—I want Your will to be done, not mine. That sounds a bit risky. What if God asks me to do something kooky like lie on my side for 390 days and eat bread baked over cow poop? (Ezekiel 4:4-15)
Looking around at the glorious world God has created, I have a hard time believing that His plan for His children—the crown of His creation—is to simply get by, pay bills, maybe take a vacation and do a few good deeds along the way. Today is not just another day. This is THE day the Lord has made. The time is NOW. The question is, are you ready to trade up?
Calling all cars… “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)
I picture Jesus as the rainbow and each of us in the body as the individual colors. His radiance shines through and unites us all in an undeniable, prismatic display of God’s glory: Beautiful. Hopeful. Powerful.