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April 28, 2017

This morning I woke up with a modern hymn playing inside my head for some strange reason. I suppose it must mean something.

            The name of the hymn is I See You, by Michael W. Smith. Take a listen if you’d like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U25fyuQvfqk

            Couple this with a quote from Kristen Leigh Kludt’s recent book, A Good Way Through, and maybe we’re getting somewhere. Quoting a mentor by the name of Sister Margaret, she wrote:

             Looking for God is like a fish looking for the ocean. We don’t know where this life will lead us but God is always with us. Sometimes we are carried, sometimes we are holding hands, but we are not alone—never alone.  (*See end for notation.)  

I cannot say that I know the mind of a fish!  I do believe that I can take the leap that perhaps it is possible that a fish is not overly aware that the ocean is everywhere and also its home!

  With each gulp of water, the ocean is supplying the fish with life-giving oxygen.  (Incidentally, take a fish out of the water and quickly it becomes aware of its need for the ocean!  Hint!  Hint!)

            So, I began to wonder if it is not our destiny as Christians to always be in motion but to also to always be at home in Christ, all at the same time. I find a great amount of comfort in this thought.

            It says that we haven’t arrived yet, and we will never arrive while we are on this side of the River. But even so, we are at home.

            I think it was no accident that the first church was not called the church but the Way (Acts 9:2). It was always in motion.

            Ironically, the Way was most alive when people were trying to kill them.   And, one Saul of Tarsus was leading the charge.

            I suppose there is something about running for your life that does get the blood pumping. And, these folks were forced out of any sort of comfort level for fear of getting killed.

            Let’s just say they didn’t get bogged down in important issues like carpet color, bushes and how much money it will take to fix the organ.

            Instead, as the apostle Paul declared, “…I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect (Acts 24:14 NIV).”

            To put a finer point on things, those first church folks saw Christ everywhere, worshipping and simply living in the way of God. Again, I think this is our destiny…to live in the way of God, always in motion but always home.  (*See quote below.)

            I know…it sounds like a paradoxical statement. We are in motion but always at home.

            So, once again I quote Kristen Leigh Kludt:

            I have sought the good way through, and I have found it in the arms of God. Home is not at the other end of the good way through, it is the good way through.   Here, on the Way, I am beloved, I am borne, and I am abundantly blessed. What more could I seek in a place to dwell, to love and be loved, to become? We are a pilgrim people, forever wandering and forever home.  (*See end for notation.)

So, maybe Michael W. Smith is right, everywhere I go I see you.  

  And maybe King David is right:

Where can I go from your Spirit?  

     Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;

     if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

     if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,

     your right hand will hold me fast.

  If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me

     and the light become night around me,”

  even the darkness will not be dark to you;

     the night will shine like the day,

     for darkness is as light to you.

Psalm 139:7-12 (NIV)

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