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Tuesday Thoughts 1-8-19

Along with many others, Diana and I have made commitments to a healthier lifestyle with the rolling in of the new year.  We’ve made adjustments in food and exercise (measurable results already!) and along with them, a healthier use of the television (a difficult thing for me, raised with quality TV like Gilligan’s Island).  Not only does this mean less of it, but more beneficial content rather than time-filling, empty-headed programming.  Recently, we’ve been watching nature programs about Earth and its variety, beauty, and mystery (along with some indescribably grotesque creatures).  Just yesterday (while working out) we watched the stunning scenes of fish and marine plant-life in the Arctic Circle while listening to the smooth-sounding British narrator explain that nutrients carried along by the flow of the Gulf Stream is what brings it all to life.  That’s a trip of thousands of miles starting just off Mexico, making its way through calm and storm, tropical heat and frigid cold, carrying life-giving sustenance.  All because of a slow moving but relentless current.  Here, from the way the world works (created by God), we find a stunning example of the way our Creator can work in us.  There is growth and health when we’re in the current’s flow!  The imagery of God as a flowing river begins in the Garden of Eden and carries right through the last book of the Bible, Revelation.  And the Gulf Stream is a great picture of divine current in the world.  Just as its relatively narrow 65-mile width flows through the wider, unpredictable ocean, so Jesus flows through a world of tempests, rough terrain, and unpredictability to provide the spiritual nutrients that give us abundant life.  He phrased it this way in the New Testament book of Matthew, “Go in through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to destruction is broad and the road wide, so many people enter through it. But the gate that leads to life is narrow and the road difficult, so few people find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (CEB).  Currents and flows, or gates and roads, the truth is the same.  Surrendered to the Christ and all his ways brings life, health, and joy!  All around us are storms, jagged coastlines, and illusions of safety and sustenance, but it is only in the ever-flowing current of the Almighty that all the best things will be found!  But wait, there’s more!  Not only are our abundances supplied when we live in the flow, but we become an extension of that flow to others who are unwittingly wasting away on the measly crumbs offered by the world: “… Jesus stood up and shouted, “All who are thirsty should come to me! All who believe in me should drink! As the scriptures said concerning me, rivers of living water will flow out from within him.” John 7:37b-38 (CEB).  What keeps you from the flow?  Examine and abandon what you have settled for.  Dive into the current where all the nutrients are.

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