Moving is an interesting adventure. My senses are overwhelmed with new places and new faces. There is so much to absorb. At the end of most days, I am emotionally and physically spent. It has become difficult to arrange even a few words into coherent sentences. Nevertheless, I will try to be a better blogger in the days ahead.
During the past few days, interspersed between other activities, I’ve been trying to finish setting up my office. This, too, has proved to be an interesting adventure. Almost every book I pick up has a memory attached to it. It just amazes me how many memories are wrapped around the things in my office. Most of these are memories of good times in ministry. There have been many, too.
In one box I came across several pages of notes I wrote while studying the Bible with a young man in Colorado. He was one of the first people God used me to lead to Christ. What a blessing it was to find these! This young man now serves as a minister with a congregation in Colorado. My plan is to send these notes to him.
During the last few days I’ve paused to ponder a number of things that remind me of people and places from the past. Most of them have little intrinsic value. They are worth a great deal to me, though. This is because they evoke memories of relationships with people who have and continue to mean a great deal to me and my family.
I believe that this more than sweet sentimentality. Because we are created in the image of God, we are designed to live in a relationship with God and with others. Unfortunately, the relationship with God was severed when we chose to sin. But now in Christ Jesus we who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. Because we have been born again to a living hope through Jesus’ resurrection, we have an anchor for our souls securely planted in eternity. Not only do we have the joy of restored fellowship with God, we now have confidence of this relationship continuing eternally. What a treasure!
When we contemplate the character of God, then the love, mercy and grace which are required of Him to make a way for us to live in relationship with Him is astounding. God truly has gone far beyond the extra mile to make it possible for us to live in relationship with Him. This should help us all to understand that every relationship we have should treated like a treasure, worth far more than anything else on earth! It should also underscore the fact that, like God, we should be willing to go beyond the extra mile to make sure our relationships are what they should be. What do you think?
© Bill Williams
September 21, 2007