I’ve mentioned before that I am just an ordinary lay person who is trying to follow Jesus as best as I can. These last few months have not been easy and this last week or so has been particularly difficult. But God is so gracious.
If you are like me, the me in me keeps getting in the way at times. It could be any number of different things, a lack of patience on my part, focusing on myself too much or failing to see the bigger picture that God would have me see. Unfortunately, the deficiencies at my end seem to have a never ending supply source.
I even went to the trouble of itemizing a list of problems that we all are dealing with for an article, but decided not to share it because the last thing that any of us need is a long list of our itemized problems. Besides, they definitely didn’t fall into the “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) category of things. I did manage to actually stop myself from commenting on statements that some others had made on multi media apps, that appeared to me, to be short sighted, speculative or contradictory. Once again, we already have a more than abundant supply of “observations”, so more of the same from me is hardly necessary.
What I did do was earnestly pray and I asked God to intervene where there was potential for friction and to provide me with meaningful words, where God would be honoured, for grace, that I say, before we eat, at our family gathering, for Thanksgiving, here in Canada, that we celebrated on Monday, the 12th of October. And, in spite of a considerable number of obstacles, literally everything went perfectly. So much so that at the end of the evening, after everyone had left, it actually felt relaxing, because of how enjoyable and cordial everyone had been. I don’t recall that happening before, not to that extent. God’s peace was in our home and it was such a blessing.
I don’t pretend to know the correct answers or solutions to all of the problems that we are facing. A lot of our answers or observations vary, due to the source of our information and the level of competent consensus there is among the particular field of professionals that we quiry. When even the “professionals” have differences of opinion, it shouldn’t surprise us that we do too. And I also don’t presume to know very much of what I should know or understand about God’s Word or God’s will. I’ve picked up some “snippets” along the way, during all these years, but even here I’m learning that “exceptions” aren’t always non-applicable. God’s patience and acceptance of us, because of our faith in His Son, is something that we all need to be more aware of. Sometimes God takes into consideration, what we fail to take into consideration, for and with one another.
Considering that we are commanded to love one another and to forgive one another, as we have been forgiven, when we individually or collectively, focus on ourselves, rather than Jesus, the outcome shouldn’t really be all that surprising.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!