Ephesians – Belief and Behavior
Randy and I were very young and not always very wise. We decided to take a trip from Oklahoma to the Grand Canyon in Arizona…in July…with two toddlers…in a Pinto station wagon…pulling a trailer with our camping equipment…with $150 dollars in our pocket with only a gas card. The A/C in our car stopped working in Texas. Our plan was to get as far as we could on half our money, giving us the other half to get back. Faith or stupidity? That’s a toss up. But we did exactly that and enjoyed the Grand Canyon in all it’s splendor. God was with us.
But there were challenging moments along the way. With no GPS in those days, armed with maps that were out of date as soon as they were printed, we made our way, groping for the right roads to take to get us to our destination. We got a little lost in one town that seemed to be a town full of sand, making it harder to maneuver a car with a trailer. We discovered we were going the wrong way and tried to do a u turn. We got stuck in deep sand. With sweat pouring from our faces and bodies from digging out the tires, we finally got it turned around and headed the right direction. The toddlers were happy as long as they had snacks.
I think of getting stuck in the shifting sand as I read this morning’s passage of wisdom from Paul, inspired by God. “You groped you way through that murk once, but no longer.” WHY would we want to repeat the episode of being stuck in shifting sand? That gets us nowhere. But we find ourselves sometimes doing just that. We return to the sinful habits of the old life that bring us down. We get stuck there. Unless we work together, in Christ, to get out, we remain spiritually stuck in the shifting sand of this opinionated world thinking.
There was no greater feeling than to be released from our sandy dilemma and get back on the open road. We were shouting praises and I was singing songs to the little ones. Happy day indeed to be free and back on the right road again! WHY would we want to go back to being stuck? No thank you!
Ephesians 5, The Message
8-10 You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for protecting us all these years in all kinds of challenging situations. Sometimes we win and most times we learn. Thank you for Your Word that speaks wisdom, help, clarity, insight and understanding of You and You in us. Continue to transform me. Transform Your church. Transform the world.
In Jesus Name, Amen