Sunday, June 28, 2009
I have been struck the last couple days with a new awareness of the frailty of humanity. As the Bible says, our lives indeed are a vapor. There is a shaking that is going on within our world, and any spiritual discernment at all tells us to sit up and take notice. We think we're invincible; we're not. We think life is all about us; it's not. We think we get to set up shop here on earth and live on our own terms; we do not. Last week alone we saw death magnified: the D.C. train wreck, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson. Gone--that fast.
Michael Jackson's death, more than the others, has shocked the world. He was such a staple in our culture, such an icon, and it's almost impossible to grasp the idea of his not being here. I, for one, can't really even process that he is gone. When I try to put the concept together, it explodes inside my brain, and I have to just store it again for another time.
I was the biggest MJ fan when I was young. Yep, I wore the white glove, had the posters all over my bedroom wall, vaselined my hair down on the side (should have used gel so it wouldn't lift up by 9:00 a.m!), wore the buttons with his face on them, argued with people who called him gay, cried and prayed when he got burned doing the Pepsi commercial, and stood in front of classroom windows doing the MJ dance--Moon Walk included. (Ironically, for the first time in forever, I was asked and did the dance the morning of his death.) I remember the night he won the 8 American Music Awards and the night he won the 8 Grammy Awards. I remember. But now he's gone--and that's how it goes. Tomorrow is not promised.
The question for us is what are we going to do with our lives? Today God spoke a Word to our church three separate times, but the message was really the same and can be summed up this way: "I Am God. No matter what's going on around you, I Am God. I have given you a purpose. I have called you. Those dreams and visions within your heart, I have placed them there. I Am God!"
Indeed there is much going on in the world around us--too much, it seems. Sometimes we are confused, yet God is not confused. Sometimes we are frightened, yet God is not frightened. Sometimes we are overly aware of our own shortcomings, but God is not. He sees your potential and the purpose for which He created you. Yes, it's a personal thing. As we keep our eyes open to what's going on around us--and we must--let us be sure to fix our eyes on the One who never changes, who implores us to embrace a very simple truth: "I Am God!"
I truly hope you will listen to all the words of both these songs. They are the words that God is speaking to us today. Can you hear them ringing in your heart?