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September 16 2013 2 16 /09 /September /2013 13:06

We get all flustered and bothered about many things, as did the sister whose name was Martha in the New Testiment story. We enter into this relationship with God at first out of a sense of wonder, a drawing of our soul toward something vital, as King David said, as a deer is drawn to the safe streams of water. But somewhere along the way, down through the years, we manage to comprise a "to-do" list that becomes a relentless task master, stealing our joy, eclipsing our vision of what drew us!

 

What was that mystical, wondrous vision? It has vaporized leaving us in a hopeless race to become something that we have no hope of becoming on our own. But who or what were we following? And how did we lose sight of Him? The cares of life - the difficulties of human relationships - the burdensome, severe requirements of religious expression - tend to press in and block our way to Him.

 

The What and the Who that drew us in originally was Love of course. The one thing for which the heart beats and the mind bothers to awaken each morning.

He IS Love. And He calls us to Love. And we gladly come - only to find in most cases that it becomes an elusive butterfly which it seems we will never really have in our grasp. We can admire it afar off, but never hope to see it close up for what it really is, in all its splendor and beauty. At least that has been how it has seemed for much of my journey, and many others to whom I have lent a listening ear seems to feel much the same struggle - but is that how it should be? I do not believe so! If I did, I should stop at once! I do so hate exercises in futility!

 

But no, happily I must report that we have got it wrong. The rub comes in with this idea of "Christian Work". In anything in life worth having there will be a sort of work which accompanies it. However, we have badly misconstrued what this work was to look like. We are to work only at knowing Him - only at entering His rest - only at ceasing from our own labors in order to find His Love! How simple and inviting it sounds, and yet what a stressful mess we manage to turn it into! We are fret-aholics! It would seem that we simply must fret and stress over something - it seems somewhat irresponsible not to! If we are not stirred up over something then we are taken for mindless twaddles! We are taken to be immature, and heedless, and tuned out! But where is the "Rest" in that attitude of life?

 

No. Again, though it is difficult to get the mind around this, we are missing His peace by a long shot to give way to this "stress to impress" kind of social structure we tend to create and take part in. We act as though we must be severe and serious if we are to be taken seriously. And perhaps that is true on a level. But I think we were meant to rise to higher plain, and reserve our need to impress for Him alone. He is the one whose good opinion we need, and no other.

But we often can not be satisfied with only Him. We seem to desire the accolades of the empty headed world who truly worships that which they do not know.

 

We are called to worship only Him. To narrow our vision, cull down our desires, focus our attentions to Him, and Him alone. We are expected only to Love Him, with our entire heart, soul, mind and strength - and to leave our destiny in His loving, most capable hands! What is so hard about that?! What is it that we find so difficult?! I think I have boiled it down to one thing, we just can't "get over" ourselves. You see, we have deeply implanted in our fallen DNA the devilish desire to have His worship for ourselves. Watch any normal two year old as he or she strives to keep the attention of anyone near focused on himself - and for safety reasons he certainly must be watched! If we do not find Him, in all His Glory, and become completely enamored with Him, we will never outgrow that selfish need for being the center of the universe! But what a burden it is, to fight all the other two year olds who are determined that it is really they who are worthy!

 

Until we give way to that eternal love, which brings us into our eternal rest - until we learn to focus our Worship on the ONE Who IS Worthy - we will strive ourselves into the grave! We can not help it. If we do not choose to enter the rest offered us, from our weary self worship efforts, striving after it is all that is left! So it would behoove each of us to take stock today, to ask ourselves, "Who is it that we are worshiping?" or "Whose glory do we seek?" or "Whose Kingdom are we building?". If we find that we are stressed, depressed, anxious and worn out, then we must conclude that we have refused His kind offer of rest and are persisting in still trying to do it through our own means. But there is an answer available to us 24/7. It is called Teshuvah - repentance - we can turn away from our self-oriented path and truly follow Him. We can leave the striving of stress to impress behind, and we can join Him in His Love anytime we see fit. He is always there, arms outstretched to us, calling us home - inviting us to rest in Him - inviting us to revel in His abundant Love for us. And when we do we find that we were not chasing the butterfly, but becoming it.

 

 

Selah....

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