But now in Christ Jesus ye that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall of partition Eph 2:13-14
Imagine if you had to impart a crucial connection to someone. It had to bridge time and place to confirm the truth. In this absolute moment this person needs to have the clearest reckoning that all the bits of information and experiences they have learned must boil in their mind to a ripe temperature and percolate into their soul to reveal the purest truth.
Could you do it?
If it were up to me it would look like a cross between old reruns of Mission Impossible and Laverne and Shirley episodes.
Kinda like this:
Mission Control: “So, for the umpteenth time this month Jane hears the basic truth: To-Get-Out-Of-Her-Own-Way
This has been shown to her in television ads, conversations at work, the premise of the novel she has just finished, and yet, she still sits like a gigantic mountain in her own way.
She knows she’s at her wits end. She knows she can’t go on like this, yet she is loathe to figure out her biggest impediment. Herself.
Your mission should you chose to accept it, will be to make sure that when she comes home from work today; having avoided doing any work at all, and just gossiping the day away; that in the stack of bills in her mail box will be an important letter that will empower her to change her life.”
Me: “That’s easy enough. So I just have to put a letter in her mail box. Consider it done.”
Mission Control: “But, the catch is that she needs to actually open the letter. To actually read it and comprehend what the letter says. It can’t be strewn aside unopened. She must see that she is not alone in the universe, and she has the opportunity to be saved from herself. All it takes is for her to surrender and look Up.”
Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth. Jer 33:6
Okay, so with some stealthy planning you’ll have to get into her house, and open that piece of mail and move it from place to place without her seeing you do it, until she can no longer avoid reading it and the connection is finally made.
This is where Laverne and Shirley come in. Remember the time they broke into someone’s apartment to retrieve something? The episode was replete with the usual antics of falling in through the window and trying not to make any noise, frightening each other. Smacking heads, knocking things over. Then somehow in the dark they wind up hooked up, way up off the floor on the hangers behind a door. Swinging wildly in the dark, feet dangling in the air, madly trying to get down.
Naturally, this is where they are caught.
And that is exactly where Jane would find me, hanging by my neckline, behind her door trying desperately to get down, waving the opened letter around and pointing at it like a loony-tune. When the police arrive, I’d be saying over and over, “Yeah but! Jane just read this letter! It will explain everything!”
But God makes these connections so easily all the time. He easily reaches down and lifts you by the collar unhooking you from the back of the door and setting your feet down on solid ground again and again.
How does God do it? His mercies are new each morning. He invites you to listen to Him time and again with all the patience that’s ever been invented. God can cut right down to the bone with well placed verse or word that bangs around on your heart until you can no longer deny Him.
He uses every modality available: scripture, sermons, fellowship, devotionals, loved ones, life experiences, mistakes, loss, email, Christmas cards, commercials, sky writing…the list is endless. We need only to be open and listen for Him.
And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship… Exo 31:3
Left to us we would spin and spin desperately trying to get the message across, swinging crazily from the back of the door with little or no results.
…….Christ Jesus himself being the chief corner stone; in whom each several building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord; Eph 2:20-21
You are so amazing; so neatly tying loose ends together for us. Your unfailing love and faithfulness never ceases to amaze me. How I can ask a question and you will answer me a thousand ways before breakfast arrives!
Were it all left to us we’d scurry around scheming and smashing into things like an old episode of “I Love Lucy”. We thank you that you always hear our prayers and graciously give us answers when we first seek the Kingdom of God.