Thursday, January 08, 2009

The NOW Thing (Part 1)

"Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." (Isaiah 43:19).

The pace of our lives seems to be increasing faster and faster. We are in such a rush from here to there that we really aren't even here at all. Our conversations are marked with vacant stares as our minds race ahead to what's next. The next blockbuster movie, the next American Idol, the next American President, the next world crisis, the next scientific breakthrough, the next natural catastrophe, the next scandalous preacher -- and so on and so on and so on.

"What's the next big thing that God will do?" a friend recently asked me.

The question reveals our predisposition to a faith that is defined by events, rather than by relationship. We are not completely at fault in this, because God certainly does eventful things in our lives, as in all the world. So the conditioning toward this is understandable.

However, we must guard against looking for the next thing so much that we miss out on the now thing.

And I will tell you what that is tomorrow!


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