Chapter One

February 7, 2006
by Brenda Wood

Galatians 3:1 – You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it's obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the cross was certainly set before you clearly enough. (MSG)

When my hands are busy with one mindless task or another, I like to keep my wandering mind occupied too. To prevent it from going places it should not go, I "read" while I work, by playing Christian music or teaching materials while I peel potatoes or scrub the bathroom. I particularly enjoy our copy of the Bible on tape. The readers have fine, cultured voices, and they make the Word come alive. However, I often find myself listening for the other voice — the one that gently intones "Chapter One", Chapter Two", and so on, between the scriptural segments. His voice is the one constant from beginning to end.

As I scrambled through my to-do list this week, I seemed to hear in my heart the softly intoned words, "Chapter One". Once again I realized that it had been several days since I had communed with my real Constant, the Lord Jesus Christ. It isn't the first time I have repeatedly (and foolishly) fallen into the same trap.

Our busy calendar pages will keep flipping blithely past child-raising, work deadlines, holiday seasons, and vacations, and through it all, Jesus calls us to make time for Him! No more excuses. My alarm clock is set for tomorrow morning. How about yours?

Prayer: O Lord God, something crazy did happen, and we did let our senses leave temporarily. But Lord, thanks for drawing us to You again. Here we are to confess that You are Chapter One and Chapter Two and right through to Chapter-The-End. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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