O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence— as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! Isaiah 64: 1-2
The Advent/Christmas season is over. Our thoughts turn to bringing down the decorations, placing them in boxes and putting them away for another year. But, as retired Air Force Chaplain Keith Muschinske, Eagle River, Alaska, reminded us recently, we can still have great expectations of what God has in store for 2015 and beyond. Chaplain Keith writes:
“Years ago (many), our son always gave this reply when he got into trouble and was asked, ‘Why did you do that?!’ With quivering lip he’d say, ‘I’m having a bad day …’
Whether because of something you said—or did—or didn’t say or do, when’s the last time you had a bad day? And when you have a bad day, do you echo the words of Isaiah, and … Bob Barker and Drew Carey? Do you, too, cry out to God, “Come on DOWN!” And if you recount God’s previous appearances and power-full deliveries but God still seems—well, indifferent—to your plight, then what?
Perhaps your Great Expectations of our Great God do reflect those of Isaiah—or Elijah. Perhaps you look for God to startle from within a fire or earthquake or other life-shattering display. But perhaps, instead, it is time for God’s still, small voice. Perhaps this day is yours simply to be shaped by our Almighty Potter: Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me … And don’t get too upset over my bad days, Lord God. Forgive that which I’ve done and that which I’ve left undone, for it all boils down to the fact you are our God, and we are your people. Amen.”
The Centurions in Hope Military Ministry Team