A Glimpse of the Next Three Feet

Well I took the summer off from writing. It was a needed break but I'm ready to pick it up again. I shared something with some of our leaders recently that I thought you might enjoy.

God continues to impress upon me that our challenge is not in coming up with something new, grandiose or creative to pump new life into our spiritual journey but in 'deepening our roots' and 'staying the course' for who God calls us to be. What Eugene Peterson described as a 'long obedience in the same direction' 

Jesus looks at life so differently than we often do (cf. Mark 4:26-32 NLT)

The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he's asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens... 

He goes on...

"How can I describe the Kingdom of God?" What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of seeds...

The longer I live and lead the more Jesus' words resonate …

Rarely do we fully understand how or why God works. There is a mystery to His movement that escapes us. So there is great value in ‘paying attention’ to the everyday things right in front of us.

Earlier this summer Verna and I enjoyed a week away in the mountains of western North Carolina. I love spending each morning on a large deck overlooking the pond with the mountains in the background - of course a cup of coffee in hand and journal close by. On the first morning a gentle breeze was stirring among the trees - some large, mature tress, others small and young. But they all moved comfortably with the breeze. God reminded me of the unique ways He moves in all of our lives. The next morning was very still - no breeze at all. God is moving even in the stillness - even when it seems He's not. On both mornings His voice was subtle - easily missed unless we're paying attention. I do much better paying attention to spectacular sunrises and dramatic storms.

God’s work begins in small, often imperceptible, ways. Over time the small seeds we spread are often felt in significant ways. But 'mustard seed' living requires patience and perseverance - it requires a ”lifetime”. I do much better paying attenion to 'right now'.

It often seems like we're accomplishing little with our lives – may even feel like we’re losing ground. But against all common sense – through our small Christ-like gestures, Jesus’ Kingdom spreads.

C.S. Lewis wrote, "A glimpse is not a vision. But to a man on a mountain road by night, a glimpse of the next three feet may matter more than a vision of the horizon.

 The next three feet sounds pretty attractive...

 

Fighting For Your Heart,

Gary