Some summers ago I participated in Plastic Free July, designed to help us reduce our plastic waste. Especially plastic packaging and single-use items. And though it may seem odd, it made me think of God’s care! “So,” you’re wondering, “what does plastic have to do with that?” (And no, I’ve not gone round the bend!)
God often works and shows his love in mysterious ways. So mysterious or unusual that it can seem like mere chance or circumstance. In fact Scripture states, “Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out.” (Romans 11:33 WEB)
I would imagine that most (or at least many) Christ-followers have at least heard of John Stott, well-known for his godly writings which greatly influenced the global church. But he was perhaps most remembered as the pastors’ pastor, loved for his humble simplicity. Two things, however, stand out in particular for me.
Italy’s streets and piazzas are usually full of people, even in the evenings. But with the lockdown all that has changed. A ghostly calm and quiet has settled on the strangely unpeopled streets and towns.
I want to walk to God’s heartbeat. Don’t you? Then why do we so often take the easy way out? Our early church fathers, the early missionaries, and even Christ himself purposely chose the hard way, the way of self-denial. They chose to follow God’s way – regardless of the cost and even when it made things harder. But we often fall into the tendency of pleasing ourselves. Or doing just enough to get by, don’t we?
If you’ve walked with Christ for any length of time you have probably experienced dry spells. You pray, you read, you attend church, and seek fellowship. But it seems you’re just going through the motions and get little out of it. God seems far off, the heavens closed.