A Meditation for March 19, 2017
A Moment of “W”reckoning!
You wake up in the morning, your tinnitus is screaming to it’s highest pitch.
Your body awakening from a deep sleep, which had felt pain free now understands it cannot escape as it starts to move pain shoots through every joint.
Your mind floods with every negative thought you have ever experienced.
Your ability to concentrate now focuses on your worst memory.
Your phone rings…not now you say.
You decide to clean up, there is no hot water.
You remember you gave permission for a friend (term used loosely) to use your tools, everything returned except your favorite wrench and screwdriver.
Do I need to say more?
The scripture this morning confronts us with the reality of our own desire for life.
Moses had been delegated the leader for the Israelite people. His role and now the line of authority was established, but so were the words “the buck stops here!”
His life was experiencing a sense of unrelenting anguish. The complaining, the crying even whining filled his head. Simply, he was not aware of signing up for all this harassment.
He, his faith, indeed his God, was being tested beyond comprehension.
Even the Psalmist remembers this as a moment of “historical embarrassment.”
There are times when a trap lays dormant. This trap remains a danger for anyone coming close. It isn’t long before you or others can get stuck as the influence of negativity entraps the community. The mine field deemed safe for everyone now sucks in another unsuspecting victim. A the life loses all recognition in this destructive path.
The Psalmist cries out, REMEMBER WHEN!
They were all trapped, they seemed to cling to one another, misery loved company. The Israelite people brought each other down. They became repulsive.
Years later the Apostle gives an ultimate declaration of redemption. You can escape that trap. You are invited to a different reality. Your faith can can justify you. You can have a peace that passes understandings. You can live with grace that takes you the next step. You can even boast in an awareness of an eternity with God. You will celebrate endurance, your character shall be nurtured. You shall live with hope.
The apostle once again turns our thoughts to Jesus. Paul understands in Jesus work God has chosen to create a visible magnate that draws each of us to a specific awareness. Doubt, resentment, anger, self centeredness, greed are all real. The decision and the ability to take others down a negative path is very real. Paul alerts us to a different way.
The Apostle John tells the story of a woman who had gotten caught in such a trap. In her conversation with Jesus Jesus explains to her there is an alternative. Jesus uses the illustration from the situation of her coming for water. He talked about a water that could give a satisfaction ending the frustration of a self centered life, from a life unable to deal with the short comings of life itself.
As I think of my early morning experience and how easy it would have been to turn negative, I am grateful for this reminder that I do have a choice.
I can allow all the negativity to “wreck” my life or I can “w”reckon myself dead to it and live above it. The way has been made possible, It is now the choice to move on. Have a good day, take care, be safe, and God bless.
Lord, the Psalmist is right. So much good, so much beauty, so much grace engulfs us. At the same time we are invited to close the door on the negativity that comes seeking a place in our lives. It is easy to groan, to grumble, to rest where we should not stay. Give us strength to rise up, to get out of bed, to take that first step toward the life you offer today. Indeed this is the day you offer. Enable us to live today, be glorified in all we say, all we do, in Jesus name Amen.