Tuesday, October 25, 2005

From the Attic to the fireplace

A week goes past quickly and there is much to think about from the last week of life.

Firstly a quote from Larry Crabb which kind of sums up the response I need to have to the last few days of tunnel life which I found myself in last week. Periodically my brain melts down and leaves me in the darkness. This quote always brings me back to the one who holds my hand through the dark times and is walking through the tunnels with me.

“It is right to think about life, to probe into the complexities of your relationship with yourself and others. But you must conduct these adventures of thought in the same spirit as children explore their grandfathers old, rambling house. Seemingly endless closets and crevices and corners in the attic dare children to leave the well lit living room where grandfather always sits; but that living room is headquarters and the children are careful to keep the way back clearly in mind.

Many Christians today have courageously ventured into the dark regions of the soul but have forgotten the way back to the room where the eternal Father gathers his children onto his lap and reads stories to them by the fireplace.

God knows everything about you. He is thoroughly aware of all the personal struggles that threaten to undo you. He knows your history and your present life, all of it. And all he says to you is, Christ. In previous days, God distributed bits and pieces of information, and he gave it to us in various ways. But now he tells us everything he made known earlier is more fully revealed in Christ. That is his final speech, “Christ!”. There is no more to say.

God wants you to sit by the fire and listen to the Spirit read sixty six books that tell about him. And when you think about a friend struggling, he wants you to leave the living room and go to the attic where that person is telling his story, but to return quickly with your friend so both of you can listen to a far better story.

Most of us are crawling about in a stuffy attic, trying to explain life, demanding to be right, doing our best to relieve pain, and wondering where God is. It is time to find our way back to the living room and into the Fathers arms where we can listen to his Spirit tell the story of Christ.” (L.Crabb- Finding God)


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