“What comes into our minds when we think about God
is the most important thing about us.”
― A.W. Tozer
(a camouflaged baby lizard lounges on the lemon tree / Julie Cook / 2015)
The funny thing about life is that God always has a way of whittling away the superfluous until He exposes the bare bones of the necessary.
And that necessary is here and now.
Because you see, life has taken a turn.
Not just my life but all our lives.
When an 85 year old priest, in a small town church has his throat slit while saying mass
as our media outlets offer but a mere passing mention because
they are too busy covering the
feeding frenzy of a political convention,
life has turned.
Oh we can all look the other way because that is there and we are here….
We can pretend that the reality isn’t really happening.
We can ignore the obvious growing importance of events in our world..
We can use the same smoke and mirrors our leaders and politicians prefer…
in order to alter the stinging truth…
but you see, there is no hiding the truth.
Because the truth cannot be hidden by the darkness for long.
All that is… will eventually come to light.
We are living in the midst of a war.
And there is an urgency growing by the day…
Yet very few wish to acknowledge the importance, the urgency, the raging battles.
Better to ignore the chaos, in hopes it goes away.
Better to decry the reasoning in hopes it isn’t real.
The lines have been drawn…long ago.
With each of us having our own personal battles…while the bigger war rages on…
As each individual battle links to the greater fight.
Yet sadly the majority still wants to ignore the reality of the truth.
They want to proclaim the obvious isn’t real.
They want to go about life as though everything is perfectly normal and fine…
Tiptoeing through the broken glass…
They want to desensitize themselves while gorging their insatiable appetites…
Growing fat and lazy so that when the time comes, they won’t be able to
heed the call….
Yet the call has been sounded.
The troops are amassing…
The smoke is rising on the horizon
and the sound of footsteps can be heard along the winds.
With life’s turn now taken,
there is no more time for looking back.
There are no longer those hidden places to hide.
The darkness will not be permitted to remain…
as all that has remained hidden is soon to be exposed…
The time to choose your position is now…
You have been called to ready the fortress, we all have been called…
Yet only a handful will answer….
What more will it take for you to understand…
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
Second Timothy 3:1-5