Wednesday Word 7.05.2017
Matthew 9:14-17 New International Version
14 Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. 16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
What’s that old adage? “The definition of crazy-making is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Sometimes it is necessary to examine our lives from a different perspective. Sometimes we have to slow down and objectively evaluate just how well our habits, our attitudes, and our behaviors are working for us to accomplish what we really want from life.
I always thought that I knew what the Bible had to say. God good, me bad, damnation awaits. The Good News was there all the time, but I had it all wrong. If I had stopped assuming I was too unworthy at a younger age, I could have stopped mourning while I was still in the midst of the celebration our lives are meant to be. I could have stopped trying to patch together a disguise for my concealed sorrow and regret. I could have stopped pouring out my days into old, worn out hollow ways of thinking.
Creation didn’t stop on the seventh day. God is at work this very minute. In John 14:6, we are told that Jesus is the way, the truth and the light sent to bring us into new life. The Holy Spirit was sent to guide us step by step to the new Kingdom life God wants us to live. God is working all around us and deep inside us. But we have to respond! We have to accept the unimaginable gift and let it make a difference in our old ways of thinking and believing. Are you willing to let God work in you?…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki