2017-02-28 - Parking Spaces
On a recent family holiday trip, Richard and I split the driving responsibilities. I don't mind most driving conditions. I have navigated easily through rush hour driving in Atlanta (for years) and Los Angeles, I have driven steadily in winds that could take down a small plane, and can handle almost anything. Almost. On our recent trip, I was at the steering wheel when it was time to stop at a convenience store, so Richard could run in and pick up a newspaper. We've done it many times, so that seems simple enough, right? In fact, it turned out to be complicated, because I didn't have a clue, where to park. There was some available space, but there were no lines to demarcate the spaces! I started to park at one place, but then realized it might be too close to the pumps, and thus not allowing for people to back out of line. Then I started to choose another spot, only to realize it might be too close to the driveway where the gas trucks enter the parking lot. I was really befuddled, without the help of lines in which to park.
Then God reminded me that life is like that, too. God provides us lines, in his word. The Bible is full of not only laws like the "Ten Commandments," but also guidance via teachings by Christ, letters from the Apostle Paul and others. As we sometimes can see by watching or reading the news, when people don't believe in laws or rules, lacking moral compasses, "anything goes" for them. Sometimes those without a good sense of "right and wrong" even justify lying (Thou shalt not bear false witness), hurting (Do unto others as you would have them do to you) and slandering others (See James 4:11 for warnings against evil words against others), and even committing violence - as long as their cause prevails in the end. In other words, to them, "the end justifies the means." What results is division, chaos and sometimes anarchy. We all need lines in our lives, spaces to stay within, as we live our daily lives. It is the only way we can maintain both personal and interpersonal peace. We can find these guidelines, laws and instructions in the Bible. All these years after the publication of the first Bible (4th Century by Jerome), it still speaks to us today, and we see its truths vindicated every day. I am and always have been a bibliophile; in fact, I have over 300 books on my phone alone, and I receive over a half-dozen book newsletters. But the best, wisest and most relevant book in the world, still true in 2017, is God's Holy Bible.
As the Apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Timothy 3:16 (NRSV), "All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness."
I encourage you to join myself in spending more time in 2017, really digging into the Bible. Many of us have heard and read the Bible all our lives, but we can always get to know it even better.
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