Tag : faith
Tag : faith
It’s only the size of a pinhole, but as we walk along the rock and debris-strewn floor of this life’s tunnel we can see it if we keep looking forward. If we keep walking, it will grow larger and brighter, but it seems as though the light at the end is so very far ahead.
It is dank, dark, and damp down here, and we find ourselves tripping over chunks of concrete, automobile tires, and items that cannot be identified in the low light conditions. Our feet are wet from having to wade through puddles of stagnant water that exude the malodorous airs of rotting moss and raw sewage.
We’ve suffered loss in life because we took chances, and it was those chances that served as soft spots in the ground that allowed us to fall through the path less traveled. While we pursued something different, there are many that we know who followed the prescribed path and today they walk in the light on the firm ground above us, seemingly secure because they “did what they had to do.”
But how secure are they who did what they had to do and followed that prescribed path? Are they only secure in their minds?
Not everyone down here took a chance and failed…
No, we are not alone in the tunnel. There are the intoxicated and the drug-addicted down here. There are the gamblers who cling to the hope of lotto winnings being the ticket out, and that pursuit becomes an addiction that can’t be satiated. There are the angry who lash out at everything and everyone, and we must keep ourselves girded against them. Some are apoplectic due to the frustration of being forced to walk down here, while others are angry because they are hungover or because haven’t had enough to sufficiently satisfy the addiction.
Down here are the unemployed parents with children who are scarcely fed. Likewise, there are the working poor who rely on government assistance to help keep meat in the pot. As we walk forward with heavy-laden packs on our backs, we notice that the numbers of tunnel walkers is increasing. “Hey, I don’t belong down here” we hear some of them say, as they lament “I worked for that company for thirty years and I don’t deserve this! Where is my promised pension? I paid into it!”
None deserve the tunnel but in 2012 more are falling through the gaps in the quaking earth up top; and not just the ground that makes up the path less traveled. The floor of the tunnel is becoming a path heavily traveled below the so-called “prescribed path”, and as more are forced to walk down here the detritus and wreckage become more prevalent and a greater hazard.
With increasing frequency, we can feel the vibration of heavy equipment and the hear the stomping of the boots of tens of thousands of soldiers above us.
The numbers in the tunnel will continue to grow and the anger and despair will intensify, so we must keep focused on the light. The light is our one, true hope. The light at the end of the tunnel comes from the Bright Morning Star and no matter how hard it is or gets, we must keep focused on Him.
At the end of the tunnel we emerge to a peaceful pathway in the warmth of the sun. The path takes us across a small bridge and we then begin to ascend a winding wooden plank stairway into a lush green forest.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. It was faith that got us this far, and that very faith will carry those who can’t walk and invigorate the legs of those who still can.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Lord Jesus, we know you’ll come carry us home.
Time that has passed is gone; and there is no retrieval of it. Regrets can be manifested as tears as we look down at the path below us through misted vision, only wishing to go back and put a few things right.
God gives some of us the gift of time – but He also gives us the gift of free will – which allows us the choice of how we use that time. The weakness of our human state allows for confusion in our perception of time; sometimes convincing us that the gift is in a much larger and more resplendently wrapped box than it truly is. Instead of large gifts, God often gives us small gifts with expansive possibilities – and only if we pray and ask Him how to best use the gift will we gain maximum use of it. And where the aforementioned weakness is concerned – Jesus died and rose again to cover over that weakness which is our inherent sinfulness; whereby making us righteous.
There is no retracing of steps as we journey like wayfarers along the towpath. Indeed, there are no do-overs nor can we set-back our watches with the hope that the action will have the effect of a time machine. We cannot turn around and relive the past; but only better this time. Once time is gone it is history that cannot be repeated. So, measure the step that you are taking this very second. Are you putting your best foot forward? Are you doing the best you can do avoid future regrets? Are you taking a moment to ask “Lord, help me to make the most of this small gift with expansive possibilities – and may it bring glory to You.”
As we pace off the steps that cannot be retraced, our children will for a time – far too short of a time – be travelling with us. Our children are a colossal gift from God; wrapped most resplendently – but they will require us to open their boxes carefully while we walk, and take the time to care and provide for the living and growing gift of creation in them that God gave us. Each child has been fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God and must receive the loving care due them. That loving care requires time that cannot be relived or rewound like a VHS tape once the scenes have passed and the movie is finished. There is no retracing of steps. There is no repeating of history because each step carries us further down the path and with each second our children grow into an uncertain adulthood. In order to arrive at that destination in a safe, safe condition they need our time and devotion to guide them during the time they are gifted to us.
Let your children see the love of God through you; because He loves us so much that He sent His only begotten son to die for our sins; when each of us should instead have been nailed to that cross. Now that is love!
Please do not regret lost time because you will never have it back. Spend time with your children talking and walking. Hold them, love them, mentor them – but prepare them to stand on their own two feet. Let them know how much God loves them – because He loves children most of all – and we are all His children!
We cannot go backward, so let’s not regret lost time. Lord, as You are a loving father, help me to make the most of my time being a loving dad.
The distractions are great, but we must keep focused on the path ahead. There are things that lurk in the bushes that would harm us if they could, but with the hedge that is the Holy Spirit upon us we are safe. But, some have walked this path without the Hedge of Faith and they have been devoured…
What can be worse than traveling alone, just to hear the
snapping and rustling of the bushes along your path as you walk into nightfall? What is it that is moving through those bushes, keeping pace with you? What was that growling noise — was it some creature or just your stomach?
Aren’t we all wayfarers along this path? The answer to that question is “yes” because we all must walk. But, do we walk in the light or in the dark? Do we walk alone, or are we in good company? Do we walk unprotected, or are we surrounded by the Hedge of Faith?
My faith is in the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who is none other than Jesus. I wouldn’t consider walking without the hedge of faith in Him, for to do so I would be vulnerable to those things that lurk in the bushes, waiting to pounce and devour.