My friend, may I ask you a question? In life, we know what is going on around us and what has happened before, but often we can’t see ahead? We seem to have control of the direction and speed of our lives, but do we know what’s going to happen even within the next few seconds of life?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
When my son Dan was growing up I gave him various chores around the house to keep him busy. One of his jobs was to take out the trash at least twice a week and, after depositing it in the burning barrel, burn it. Now there’s more to burning trash than just dumping it in a barrel, tossing in a match, and walking away. I taught Dan how to put small amounts in, light these, add more and then stir the contents. I also taught him to come back and stir things when the fire began to smolder. Although I could teach and depend on him to carry out the task, Dan had to do the work. Ultimately, if the trash was going to be burned, it was Dan’s willingness to do the work and not my teaching that made the difference.
In this sense, that’s similar to our relationship with God. He teaches us how and depends on us for what gets done.
Here’s a thought from Robert Southerland: As a very young, inexperienced sailor in World War II, I took my turn at steering the ship on which I served. I controlled not only the direction, but also the speed of the ship. The steering wheel and the engine room telegraph were both in my hands. But I couldn’t see where we were going! There was a solid bulk- head in front of me. The answer was that only inches from my mouth was a speaking tube, and on the other end of that tube was the Officer of the Watch. He was up on the bridge and could see in every direction. He also had radar to see beyond the horizon. But there were two things he didn’t have. He had no control over direction or speed. For these, he depended on an inexperienced nineteen-year-old. In spite of the difference in experience, he and I were mutually dependent. I depended on him to give the right orders; he depended on me to carry them out. (Robert Southerland)
In life, we know what is going on around us and what has happened before, but we can’t see ahead. We have control of the direction and speed of our lives, but we don’t know what’s going to happen even within the next few seconds. God sees into the future; He has experienced this life. God has given us control of our lives; through His Word He has given us direction; He has provided the speaking tube of prayer; but He depends on us to carry out His will. We can depend on Him to give us the right directions. The question is, can He depend on us to carry them out?
We pray. Heavenly Father, we pray for a spirit of cooperation and eagerness to contribute to the needs of the whole body, so that Your Church is built not just with sweat, bricks, and mortar but with love, care, and teamwork. Therefore we go forth in unity and purpose as we do our part in building each other up in the various natural gifts and learned skills You have given us as we strive for unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God. In Jesus name. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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