Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from Biblegateway.com): 2 Chronicles 23-24; John 15
Friday’s: 2 Chronicles 25-27; John 16          Saturday’s: 2 Chronicles 28-29; John 17
Sunday’s: 2 Chronicles 30-31; John 18:1-18            Monday’s: 2 Chron. 32-33; John 18:19-40

I never know when I might run across something that will cause me to reflect on a topic and eventually put it into words in the form of a C2P.  In this case, I literally ran across something that immediately caused me to begin to reflect.  Because 50% of what inspires me ends up being forgotten before I have the opportunity to put it into words on a page, I immediately pulled out my phone and made a note.  Sometimes these electronic gadgets can be more than just an nuisance.  Anyway, what I literally ran across were roots.  I was in a golf cart and as I ran across an army of roots just off the sixth green, I thought to myself: “Think of all the ‘punishment’ these roots take every day!  How many times a day are they driven over by golf carts without anyone giving them a second thought.”

How often are we short with people with whom we come in contact “without giving it a second thought?”  That was my first reflection.  But then I thought: “As many times as these roots have been run over by golf carts, they continue to supply sustenance to these regal oak trees, which in turn provide beauty to this harsh world and shade from the sometimes blistering heat.”

When we have died to self and are allowing only Jesus to live in and through us (Galatians 2:20), the “slings and arrows” of this world will only serve to increase our faith and deepen our love for Jesus and for others.  In so doing, we will permit “the beauty of Jesus” to be seen by others, as well as provide shade from the glaring harsh realities of the life without Jesus that relentlessly create a thirst for the Living Water.

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