Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Not A Trickle...

I pray that you will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding...may you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation--the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ--for this will bring much glory and praise to God. ~ St. Paul

Most every day I take a walk and follow a road that gradually descends into bottomland and the cool and dappled shade of sweet gum, oak, and pine trees. At its lowest point, Standing Boy Creek, a tributary of larger waters, slowly twists and turns and meanders along steadily but unhurriedly. Following Standing Boy I mosey along, always on the lookout for Native American artifacts and wildlife. Whilst ever vigilant to watch out for timber rattlers and copperheads. The bottomland is rich sandy loam that has just enough muscle to influence, to some degree, the boundaries and contours of Standing Boy's journey south. But a while back we had some significant rain in these parts, and Standing Boy swelled, pushed aside its boundaries, overflowed its banks, and with its hydraulic energy carved hundreds of new rivulets. But each time Standing Boy recedes, it changes the landscape in a positive way--the beige tones of winter turn to lush hues of green. Wherever it overflows it brings life.

Now, like a rambunctious child winding-down for a nap, Standing Boy is in one of those times of rest and a sleepy pace. Quietly it zigs and zags under the shade of the tall sweet gum, oak, and pine trees. Nothing remains of its outburst except for the veins that once carried water are dry and etched in the soft sand. It's in a docile season now, but not stagnant. In the days ahead the rains will fall and Standing Boy will once again become a force of nature.



Standing Boy, in the natural world, can be spiritual metaphor for anyone of us. We are never to remain stagnant. Though not always as dynamically effervescent and overflowing, the Spirit of Christ should forever be evident. That great source of the Spirit is meant to spill out and bring life and vitality to all it touches. That is the norm--not the exception. True, we like those meandering times. We need those meandering times. God ordains such meandering times. And make no mistake, God will be sure to give us our times in green pastures of rest. He will lead us beside still waters. He will restore our soul. But we should anticipate that the Life and Love of Christ in us will flow out and be a world-changing spiritual force of nature.

So Paul prayed that the the love of God and the character of Christ would fill us to overflowing and know no boundaries: I pray that you will overflow more and more...may you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation. The righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ--for this will bring much glory and praise to God. 

Not a trickle of life, but filled to overflowing.

Enjoying the Adventure,

Bill






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