Thursday, January 3, 2013

Shades of Grey

I’m going to deviate just a bit from my daily meditation from Matthew 11 to what I was feeling and hearing yesterday as I was out and about.

First of all everything looked grey—dulled down, lack luster. There was no color to speak of anywhere I lookedeverything appeared to be in shades of grey.  I know it is has been overcast for many days, and that it is winter, but this was different.  It was a grey that felt like it could be cut with a knife. It was a grey that hung in the air and felt oppressing and depressing.  It saddened me.
I had received an email only the day before that was full of what anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear knows about America. That life in these United States, as we have all known it, is changing… And as I thought about this email and this “grey” that I could see and feel, I had to keep reminding myself of His truth from Isaiah 60:2.

"For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you And His glory will appear upon you.”

I had to focus upon His light and His glory.

But also as I thought about this grey and felt a deep sadness, I realized just how attached I still am to this world and the things of it—but they are passing away—perhaps that is it. That is this grey that I am seeing and feeling—this world; the things of it; the things that we have clung to—they are passing away.

1 Corinthians 7: 31 tells us, “the form of this world is passing away.”  And even look at the context of this verse starting at 1 Corinthians 7:29-31.

“But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none; and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess; and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away.

“The time has been shortened,” and we must now make use of the world and life as we have known it as those that “did not make full use of it.”  If ever there was a time to be about our “Father’s business” it is now. 

One other verse has begun to run through my mind in the midst of all this.

“-not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; AND ALL THE MORE as you see the day drawing near.”   Hebrews 10:25

God knows that this is not going to be an easy time for us, and that through all of this we are going to need each other “all the more.”

So, be encouraged brethren!

“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.Isaiah 9:2

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