Saturday, September 3, 2011

God Our Alchemist

Thus saith the Lord thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord thy God that teach thee profitable things, that govern thee in the way that thou walkest.  --Isaiah 48:17 (Douay Rheims 1899 American Edition)
 A new day of walking with God in your shadow has dawned.  The prophet Isaiah reminds each of us that whatever happens (in this day or any other) that the Lord is our redeemer.  Whatever happens God is in the business of taking what happens and changing it into what is good.  Regardless of how bad things may be or get, the redeeming transformative powers of God are at work to restore and pull events back to being useful to the purposes God has.  Another word for this process could be "alchemy."  God takes the dross and worthless junk and changes it through an immutable process into God's silver and gold - including even your very being!

And so, we walk with God each day.  Whether we fly, run, walk, crawl or grovel through the lessons we are presented with by life, each experience is part of God's lesson plan and part of the alchemy God is working to move us from our separated brokenness into wholeness and shine.  Today is today with it's attending mistakes an almost sure guarantee.  Some things we will get right and it will be good.  Some things always will not be right but God governs our steps and through faith we keep up "the race that is set before us through Christ the perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:1).

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