Pretty-much every day (at approximately 95% consistency) I begin by reading the short Upper Room Meditation, available on line - click here. It serves as a great jumping-off place for the ongoing formative conversations with God that help keep me dialed in as I think, imagine, vision and write.
Today's scripture caught my attention for two reasons.
- It speaks to me clearly, especially in terms of my "Life Examined" credo.
- My son, Andrew, has adopted the reference as his "signature" text. Every time I read an email from him, or check his facebook page, "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" stares right back from the page. If that's not encouraging for a father, then I don't know what is!
Coasting always follows gravity. Faith requires a little horsepower to move forward and up. Jesus always welcomed challenging questions... although if we're looking for trite or tidy answers, the Great Teacher did not - will not - compromise the truth in order to play that particular game. (such sophistry is more typically served, pre-wrapped and luke-warm, by televangelists and prosperity gospel pushers)
As I think about it, the Bible has earned my trust because it is such a critical element in my ongoing exploration of this adventure called "walking with God." Truth that works is at once both instructive and incisive. This is always the case with scripture. God's Word thrusts deep.
Reading the Bible opens up new vistas of understanding for me - and at the same time breaks open new questions. It's kind of a Hubble Telescope in that regard. Typically, rather than causing doubt, these new questions lead me to new insights... although it is often a bumpy road.
But that is enough for today. I plan to continue opening this particular window into my muddled thinking.
In the meanwhile... "In all thy ways acknowledge [God], and [God] shall direct [all of our] paths." (Proverbs 3:6 - paraphrased)
Peace - DEREK