No New Topic This Week
Sometimes, my life moves at a pace that sizzles, but most times it seems like I’m just trudging along. Each day, I awake, have coffee and quiet time, let the cats in, make and eat breakfast, put the cats out, work out, shower, go to work, teach the same basic Science principles, come home for lunch, return for more Science, come home again, snack, check the e-mail, check the market, read the mail, eat dinner and talk with my wife, watch some news and maybe a game or a movie, load the Cuisinart®, clean up, put the cats out, and go to bed. Next morning, at 4:20 AM, it starts again – same station, same program. There seems to be nothing new under the sun – no new topic for the week.
However, in the midst of the daily grind that is beyond the Cuisinart®, God is there. With mercies anew and a faithfulness beyond human comprehension, His steadfast love flows freely, and I rejoice to recite memory verses, pray for family and friends, and spend time in His word. Then I start breakfast, awaken my wife, and see her smiling face – most mornings. Soon after breakfast, I work out as I watch the Weather Channel and listen to Christian radio. As I shower, I listen some more. At school, I am reminded that there are those who want to learn and those who do not. At school, I am reminded that there are those who are on God’s team and those who are not. Those need to hear. Then, once again, the bell rings.
After a quick lunch standing over the kitchen sink and an e-mail fix, I’m back at school where I’m surrounded by similarities. Friends speak of parents growing old, their own aches and pains, or a friend with cancer. Students, for the most part, are on auto-pilot, with cell phones and iPods the center of their universe. Sex, drugs and music are the focal points of their conversations, while abuse and neglect are often the hallmarks of their lives outside the classroom. At least our corral is OK – nonviolent – most days. Another bell, then I’m home again and on-line.
I find that crude is up again, but oil stocks are down for the day. On the evening news, I find that there is still a war going on in the Middle East, atrocities still taking place in Darfur, and another young girl missing in Florida. On cable, I find crude is up and family options are down. My mind wanders, and the saga of sin secretly survives.
It is springtime, and March Madness is almost over. My team is out, and as the evening wilts and my head bobs, I’m almost out. Now that I’m fading, I know my wife will be in for another maddening night of hearing the constant drone of my snoring. No wonder she doesn’t smile some mornings.
But, alas, while I may think there is no new topic this week, maybe God wants to show me that in the familiar facsimile of each week day, I need to come to Him and ask, once again, for my daily bread. Maybe I need to take up my cross, each day, and follow Him. Maybe I need to realize that He is more concerned about change within than change outside.
After all, He goes through each day, from His eternal perspective, and changes not. He continues to pour out all His blessings on His children, whether we recognize them or not, according to His mercy and grace. And He does it daily for our benefit.
We can rest in the fact that He is an immutable God, and that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. In Christ, we are changing – one day at a time and ever so slowly – into an image of Christ that may be the only light someone sees in the dark, depressing days that they trek through endlessly. Do you remember what it was like to be without hope?
So, though you may think there is no new topic this week, thank God that, once again, you are the same - yet not the same - topic He has been dealing with day after day after day. You are a new creation in Christ, and He’s working in you to bless you. Christ in you is your hope of glory. Each day, be thankful. His mercy never changes. His faithfulness never fades.
Mountain Time Moment
21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."
Lamentations 3:21-24 NIV
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