Thursday, April 18, 2013

It's how he spends his time

When you get in your car and drive down the road, what is it that keeps the oncoming cars from crossing over the line and crashing into you head on?  What is it that allows for you to willingly tempt your fate by putting yourself in this potentially fatal situation?

Is it the trust you have of the complete strangers driving towards you? Do you put your trust in your ability to see danger ahead and respond quickly enough to avoid collision? Do you trust that those who are passing you do not want to crash, destroy their vehicles, and potentially die?

You know that head on collisions have happened. You know others have died doing the very thing you set out to do everyday. Yet you still do it.

Is it faith? What would you say to someone who told you that you are lucky every time you arrive at your destination? That it is a mystery? That you are on borrowed time?

There are many everyday examples of this faith and trust in others that are not, for obvious reasons, talked about in the Bible. However, there are many references to mysteries.

Paul speaks of a mystery written in the Book of Genesis that is the overwhelming theme of this blog:
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. - Ephesians 5:31-32
 Jesus spoke of the same:
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” - Matthew 19:4-6
 Our son and two daughters see this in their home everyday. Still we believe it is important to chronicle our story so they may look back and be encouraged. By no means can we write a detailed play by play of every interaction we've had in order to teach them what to do specifically in every situation they'll encounter in life. Wisdom doesn't work that way. We can not give our children the fear of the Lord. That is a personal, individual decision.

RLB led me to the pursuit of wisdom. Just as he leads our children. There are many ways in which he did this; with prayer, by example, with shame, with encouragement, all of which rely on one thing - his time.

He has a destination in mind and the only way to get there is to drive on that road using his time as his vehicle. And though there have been accounts of others who have done the same only to learn their time was wasted, he continues to do it on faith.  

Why did Jesus's teachings spread? Because of the time he and other men spent with people.

RLB has given me and his children his time.

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