A day like no other
2 Corinthians 4:1-2 : Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. (King James Version)
I am no fisherman and can count on two hands the times I have been fishing; and the number of fish I have caught would only need one hand. But one expedition stands out, I was with my father in law on a family holiday, we strode down to the beach to discover it full of people fishing. There was one area with no one so we claimed that spot and as we were setting up, learnt that fish were scarce. So we cast our lines and almost immediately started catching fish. Between us over about 30 minutes we would have caught 5 very good size fish, while our neighbors watched on enviously with their buckets remaining empty. The next day we returned to the beach to discover all the fishers tightly congregated around the spot we had been in the day before!
There are moments in my faith walk when stuff happens in a rush, when some major issue in my life is broken and God’s peace floods into me. A lot of my faith walk is like the other fishers, standing around waiting for something to happen, but enjoying the view all the same! And now and then I have an experience like my fishing tale, where I am ‘in the zone’ and things really start happening.
And yesterday was like that.
It happened while I was doing one of my prayer walks where I tell God my stuff out aloud, a kind of conversational prayer (I do this while walking through the bush/woods, best not to try it while shopping..). And I realized that asking for forgiveness is one thing, but acting on the forgiveness is another. So I was asking for forgiveness but not making the changes in my life I needed to, to indicate that I was serious about seeking forgiveness.
Which is why the above passage leapt out. It says:” But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty and goes on to say: but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. My big moment in my faith walk yesterday was realizing that asking for forgiveness is an important exercise of my head, but my heart needed to change in order for God to really work on me. I can’t just mouth the words of forgiveness, I need to believe it and act on it.
We receive the true power of the cross when we turn from our evil ways.
So I made some steps to change my heart and a gentle joy came upon me. It was like I had removed an obstruction to God’s blessing, taken away a block!!
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