From Gavin’s Desk

Readings: Hebrews 10:11-39, Psalm 16, Acts 2: 25-41

Imagine how much easier exercise would be if there was no resistance to it. Imagine if we could run without the wind blowing us backwards while we try and move forwards; imagine if we could run long distances without our legs and feet and lungs arguing with us every step of the way. I guess though that if there was no resistance there would be no exercise. If you could lift heavy weights without any effort at all, you would not need to lift heavy weights in case you one day needed to lift heavy weights and if there was no resistance; then nobody would be buff (well-toned) and if nobody was buff, nobody would want to be buff and so nobody would need to lift heavy weights in order to be buff.

Life would be a lot easier if there was never any resistance to the things we wanted to do. Imagine never having to argue with someone about which road is the better one to take in order to get somewhere or at least have a desire to argue about which road is better (because sometimes we want to argue; but just don’t argue about that kind of thing because experience has shown that it isn’t going to help in matters like these).

Imagine beginning a work and knowing that the next step after this one is the one that you planned when you started the job because everyone will do exactly what they are meant to do and you will not have to repeat or redo anything because someone disagreed with you or failed to pull their weight or actually did something that actually made it much harder for you to do what needed to be done. Life would be easy, but then we would also never be emotionally or spiritually or socially buff (mature).

This kind of a life would be simple and uncomplicated, but if it is impossible when we are on our own; how much more impossible is it when we are a part of a community because even our close friends reason and think and work (and don’t work) in a way that is not our own. We are not even consistent in everything ourselves, how much less can we expect the world around us to be consistent. We grow because of resistance, we mature because of obstacles, we learn from arguments and we even learn from arguments that are never going to be resolved. It is because of resistance that we learn how to adapt, it is because of resistance that we learn how to do things in more ways than one (why would anybody want to skin a cat in the first place); it is because of resistance that we achieve our potential and become who we were created to be.

God had a plan, but as God was moving one step forward with creation, we moved a whole heap of steps backwards. God still had a plan and even though it was going to take a little longer, He would be one with His creation because God created it and it was good and God will make it good again. We still choose whether we will work against God or work with God, whether we will draw close to Him or reject Him.I wonder how often I (and we) extinguish the fire of the Holy Spirit, yet even in this God is never mistaken and He continues to invite us to help Him fan the fire of the Holy Spirit.


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