Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Seasons

It's snowing.  Again.  In the part of the world where I live, that's no surprise - given that it is January.  The upper and industrial midwest areas of the United States get this kind of weather, at this time of year, often.

But even for someone who has experienced many long, harsh, cold winters...this one seems to be particularly...well...unkind.

It's New Year's Day.  Again.  Seems to happen every year just about this time.  The ball drops on New Year's Eve, we cheer, we kiss, we celebrate.  But on New Year's Day...at least in the part of the world where I live...we typically awake to cold...snow...wind...or all three.

In our lives, as we are spiritually formed (and make no mistake, we all are being spiritually formed...no matter what our 'religion' our lack thereof...no matter how old or young...whether we are the brightest bulb on the tree or...not so much...regardless of how much wealth we have...or don't), there will be seasons.  Lazy summer days.  Bitter winter nights.  Chilly fall sunsets.  Warm spring sunrises.  And everything in between.  Some will last seemingly much longer than others.  Some will feel as if they are here and gone as if in the blink of an eye.  But all will be times in which we are shaped, formed, and transformed - either increasingly into the people God has created us to be and become, or...less so.

There's a place in the Scriptures where someone says of Jesus, "He must become greater.  I must become less."  That doesn't mean God wants to stomp out our image.  It means that God wants us to be formed in God's image; rather than us, as humans, trying to forge a god out of our own image.  I don't think most humans would do the latter intentionally; I also don't think most humans allow God to do the former with any sense of intentionality, either.

Sometimes when Jesus is becoming greater in us, and we are becoming less, it may not seem that way, even to us.  But there is always so, so much that God has yet to do in us.  And God may choose to do it in some on the most surprising, bewildering, frustrating, or downright inconceivable ways.  Are you open to that, in your own life?  Are you open to God deconstructing and reconstructing even parts of your heart and life that have long sense, in your own mind, been settled? 

As you begin the New Year, don't get too settled.  And don't settle.  And most of all, don't think that God might not surprise you and change your whole view on what being settled - and settling - actually means.  There is firm ground and a firm foundation to stand on.  He is Jesus.  But He is always on the move, doing something new. 

Have a blessed New Year!




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