Tuesday, December 14, 2010

End of Your Rope

Have you ever reached the end of your rope? There now? The end of our rope is that time when we believe we have exhausted all of our resources and the tank is empty (I am metaphor rich today.)


"My God, My God why have you forsaken me?"


Jesus' words but they could be yours and mine. This is the time to let go (Jesus did) and turn things over to God.


Now before we get excited, we need to turn things over to God the WAY JESUS TURNED THINGS OVER TO GOD. Jesus trusted God with his life, even if the next step was unknown. Jesus invested in God every day of his life by acting on his relationship with God. He never expected magic from God. That is, he never expected God to do all the heavy lifting. But he always expected God.


Jesus knew his invested trust in God would make up the difference when his rope's end was in sight. He did not give up (the sign of one who has little trust or investment in God.) Jesus let go and allowed God to steer his life through the roughest of waters. It takes great preparation (Advent work) and it is done with anticipation (Advent fruit) that God will break into our lives (now this is Christmas/Incarnation talk) and lead us through, as the Psalmist calls it, the valley of the shadow of death.


Willing to hand the end of your rope over to God? Know where to find God? If not, make it you life's work. May the Christ child steer you today. We will never exhaust God's resources.

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