Sunday, March 8, 2020
“And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is his name.” Luke 1:46-49
The story of the Transfiguration reminds me that each and every one of us is on a journey in which we are to hear God say, again and again, “Behold, you are my beloved child in whom I am well pleased.” These are words of love, God’s love for us — words that give shape, direction, meaning and vibrancy to our lives and to who we are — leading us always more deeply into the life, love and heart of God. While still confused and misunderstanding Jesus, three disciples in wonder and fear witness his transformation and hear a voice from the heavens say, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, listen to him.” Jesus then touches them and us and tells us not to fear. When they raise their eyes, they are left with and see only Jesus. With the eyes of our heart focused on Him along our own life journey – especially when the grip of fear, anxiety, doubt and even sin would throw us off the path — we, too, are to hear the words “You are my beloved child in whom I delight.” We need only let His love embrace every most hidden part of us to realize the ongoing transformation that makes us God’s beloved children.
Walking with GodThe other day I decided to get off the couch (I know I should that more often) and go for a long walk. I live in a very wooded area so I have the opportunity to enjoy the trees, listening to the squirrels playing in the leaves and getting a glimpse of the occasional deer. As I gaze on nature, as I do often, it occurs to me that as I walk in order to get the blood flowing and for mild exercise that I am also privileged to be walking with God. To walk step for step with him and to follow him with all I have, but honestly I must admit that sometimes I just cannot keep up. I seem to miss a step or two, perhaps, it’s because I’m doing my own thing, I lose sight of where I’m going and its then that I stumble and sometimes even fall. So therefore, the test of our religious life (walking with God) and character is not what we do in the exceptional moments of life, but what we do in the ordinary times, when there is nothing tremendous or exciting, what is our attitude, spiritual posture? I would like to suggest that the worth of a man/woman is revealed in our “attitude” to ordinary things when he/she is not under the bright lights of the moment (I sometimes struggle with that as do most of us). I am reminded of John 1:36 “And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he says, Behold the Lamb of God! Just as when I stretch my walk to a longer distance than planned and up the pace I can really “feel it” in my legs, can I tell you that it is also a painful business to get into the stride of God, it means getting your second wind spiritually, it means denying self even and especially in the ordinary times, that which is a comfortable pace but having to step it up. In all my endeavor, Behold the Lamb of God”, keeping my attitude on him. In learning to walk with God there is always the difficulty of getting into His stride; but when we get into it, the only characteristic that manifests itself is the life of God, you feel it and others see it. You and I are changed individuals walking with God we become more Godly in our being, our attitude, our disposition toward others and the stride and the power of God alone are manifested. So don't give in because it’s painful, as the coaches used to tell us play through the pain after while it won’t hurt as much, get on with it, and before long walking with God you will find you have a new zeal, a new vision and a new purpose remembering is all for SOUL purpose – Be Blessed and Know without a shadow of doubt that God is able.