October
9
2018

Pastor's Article

As I was recently leaving the Bartlett Rec Center, I saw a child about four to five years old standing several feet from her mother at the entrance to the gym. She was looking with curiosity through a window to see what was happing in the gym. As I passed by her, I overheard her mother say from across the lobby, “Emma come here to me.” Emma responded, “I am right here.” The interaction in that brief moment between mother and daughter reminded me of the dynamics between God and us. Mother called out to daughter just as God is always calling out to us. Emma’s answer could be interpreted in a variety of ways. On one hand, Emma did answer her mother and her answer seemed innocent enough and reasonable. She told her mother where she was, and she acknowledged her mother’s call, “I am right here mom, I’m not ignoring you.” However, she did not go to her mother. I often acknowledge God’s call, especially calling me through truth I find in scripture. I acknowledge God by saying, “I know, I hear you, I see the truth that I should live, I should or shouldn’t feel a certain way but…” Emma’s response, “I am right here” sounds like she is being obedient, but her mother called her to come and be where mother was located. Emma was hedging, she wanted to stay where she was. I see in Emma, what I see in myself; a type of polite defiance toward God. God calls, and I explain why I am not where God wants me to be spiritually. I rationalize how it is okay for me to remain where I am rather than move toward God. God calls for me to be where he wants me to be in serving others, trusting God’s leadership, forgiving those I perceive who have injured me, and growing in generosity of my material possessions. However, like Emma, sometimes I delay moving to where God desires me to be. Can you see an aspect in your life where your response to God’s call is more like Emma’s instead of being surrendered and obedient? One thing is for certain, Emma’s mother called out to her because she loves her and only wants what is best for her, and the same can be said of God’s calling out to you and me. “Everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on the house, but it did not fall, because it was founded on rock.” Matthew 7:24-25

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