Day two of 2012. Wow, hard to believe. The future used to be a scary place in my mind. I remember being a kid and thinking I’d be long gone by the year 2000 which would be filled with robots, space ships, and people depending on machines…well, I was wrong on one count! I made it through 2000 and now here it is 12 years later. I grew up in a very rural area, surrounded by trees and our home was next to a railroad track. Life was laid back and the surroundings were safe back “in the good old days.”
Now the present is a scary place in my mind. Neighborhoods aren’t exactly the safe places they were when I was a kid and would leave the house in the morning and not come back until lunch, then off I’d go again. My friends live a mile or so away and we walked everywhere…except when we rode our bikes. Even back then we feared the way some people drove their cars…not stopping at the stop signs, speeding too fast along the rural roads. But today I’m fearful of walking any further than up and down the block I live on. It’s not that I don’t trust in God to keep me safe, but God expects us to listen to Him and use good sense. We shouldn’t test God by walking directly into dangerous situations for no good reason. We can pray for His protection, but we shouldn’t expect that bad things don’t happen.
I’d like to share a passage I read today which helped me to put this into perspective.
Proverbs 8:32-36 (MSG) “So, my dear friends, listen carefully; those who embrace these my ways are most blessed. Mark a life of discipline and life wisely; don’t squander your precious life. Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day’s work. When you find me, you find life, real life, to say nothing of God’s good pleasure. But if you wrong me, you damage your very soul; when you reject me, you’re flirting with death.”
So, what about you? How much different is your life today than it was when you were a child? What do you fear? How do you listen?