Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Let Me Explain...

Matthew 16:2-3
"He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret lthe signs of the times. "


I like to listen to my headphones when I walk.

That's not that unusual, actually. I think a lot of people these days like to walk with their mp3 players playing a private concert for them. They also like to run with them. And sit with them in the park. And browse sidewalk window displays with them. And sometimes attend family functions with them.. Are you getting the idea?

I'm not discounting that these private items are a wonderful invention. Don't get me wrong- I ride the bus, and everyday I thank God that I have the ability to tune out the guy talking too loud to the office, or the ladies up front conversing about who wore what and when and why it was wrong, or even that adorable little kid who is honestly just angry at the world because all the chocolate milk is gone. I get the appeal- really, I do.

But if an angel landed next to me with some important message from above on my way to work, I think I might miss him over the strains of yellow card bleeding into my thoughts.

We, as people, get very honestly distracted by the world around us. It's not maliciousness to the other people in our lives, its simply the failing of an ADD generation who is extremely over stimulated, and as a result, board. We miss opportunities because we aren't paying attention. We miss out on relationships cause were afraid to get to know someone. And we miss out on truth because there is just too much out there trying ti get us to subscribe, and by the end of the day, we really just want a little time to plug in an old melody and tune it all out.

In Matthew, Jesus is talking to his followers, and he tells them that they know the old adages- but they don't see the signs when they are standing right in front of them. And missing those signs was leading to trouble, and trouble was going to mean grief and pain.

We, the enlightened daydreamers, we are still missing those signs. And we are going to suffer this same consequences if we disconnect from the distractions and find the truth.

I believe that truth to be this: Jesus is the Messiah, and he came to take away the mourning period and give us clear skies. But it doesn't stop there. These messages will be my dance with the truth as I discover it. I hope you will follow along with me as I learn.

Thanks for reading,
Rai

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