Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from Judges 13-15; Luke 6:27-49
Wednesday’s: Judges 16-18; Luke 7:1-30

Raise your hand if you’ve come down with “cabin fever”!  So many changes in such a short span of time!  I’m praying that our Airport Road family is doing well and remaining coronavirus-free!

One change that has affected my “normal” routine has been where and how I exercise.  The venue I utilize for maintaining a modicum of fitness has, like a majority of other businesses, closed their doors temporarily.  Therefore, I have hit the pavement, pounding my feet and my lower back into submission (no pain – no gain, right?).  I discovered a serendipity on my first morning out on the asphalt, however.  Although I was walking roads that I travel by truck every day, sometimes multiple times a day, there was a much different, almost eerie, feeling that came over me as I began my regimen last Wednesday.  Admittedly, it was pitch-black dark, except for an occasional streetlight, but that wasn’t what generated this aura.  I felt as though the path were familiar, but from a new and unique perspective.  I felt closer to the source – more connected.

And that’s when it hit me!  No, Charlie, not a car.  As I reflected on this new and exciting awareness, I suddenly associated it to my spiritual walk with the Lord.  Perhaps this is to what the scriptures are referring when they talk about “knowing” Jesus, really knowing Him.

“And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.  The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.  By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:3-6, NASB).

I’ve been traveling these same streets for years.  I know them well.  They lead to my home.  But when I got closer, when I became more intimate with this path, I felt more connected, more “at one.”  “We have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments,” in other words, “walk in the same manner as He walked.”

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ