Monday, February 22, 2010
Today’s Topic: The Impeded Life
Today’s Text: 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
I need a break today for refreshment. Today is going to be a day of scenic overlooks for me. No real plan. No intentional study. I just want to see what beauty God has for me as I wander open-minded through the day.
My grandchildren provided the first rest stop of the day. After waking at 5 a.m. and spending some quiet time alone, my next to the youngest grandson woke up at 6:45. As I went into the room where he had been sleeping, he said those heart-melting words with arms outstretched – “papa”. I picked him up and he nestled his head down onto my shoulder and started patting my back in a guy hug kind of way. We went and sat on the couch for 10 minutes in that position. What a joyful way to start the day.
The reason he was sleeping at our house is the same reason he is now the second youngest grandson: his mother gave birth to his little brother on Saturday night. Our 19 person family dinner celebration for my father’s 85th birthday and one granddaughter’s 4th birthday was cut short by labor pains. Four hours later we welcomed Quinn Martin into the family – all 9.5 pounds of him. Josh and Brittany now have three boys. We are so blessed and so thankful. We praise God daily for His faithfulness.
The new life of a baby is amazing. But not so amazing as new life in Christ. Just think, the very nature of Jesus Christ is alive in those who are born again. Everything is new. All the old is gone. We are being daily transformed into the glorious image of Jesus.
Oswald Chambers, the great devotional writer, said it this way: This new life impedes us in our natural outlook and ways . . . until the Son of God is formed in us and both the natural and the holy are the same.
That’s where I want to be today – impeded. Not driven. Not performance oriented. Not outcome motivated. But Holy Spirit impeded. I want to move slowly and observantly through the day so I don’t miss any interruptions from God. It’s in the interruptions that He changes me, not in the accomplishment of my goals.
Holy Spirit, impede me. Stop my natural man from overwhelming my spiritual sensitivity. Make every plan of my day interruptible for your purpose. Change me, so that at the end of the day I not only see but also reflect more of your grace and glory.