The Shrinking Yard

Service at Magnolia House: Sunday, Aug. 22 @ 230PM
Administrative Council: Monday, Aug. 23 @ 6PM
Whatchamacallits: Tuesday, Aug. 24 @ 12PM

My grandparents live close enough that I am able to visit them on a regular basis. At the end of a recent visit, I walked into the backyard and asked my grandfather, "When did this place shrink?"

He laughed at the silliness of my question. The bare yard used to have a swing set, a tire swing, a basketball goal, and riding toys for the grandkids' enjoyment. As a child, I felt that this land of play was the widest in God's creation. Even though there always was a fence, it seemed taller than the trees.

Now there is just grass broken by one porch swing and the small shed where we stored our bikes. The fence and I are the same height. Ten steps are enough to take me across the widest part of the lawn. I already knew the answer to my own question. The yard was the same size that it had always been. I was the one who had grown--even though I didn't feel that way!

In I Corinthians 13:11-12, St. Paul writes: "When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I put away childish things. Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face." Our perspective changes as we grow physically, but the same principle applies to our walk with Christ. As we learn to look at the world through God's perspective, "big" problems become as small as that backyard. Many things in the world do not change, but how we view the world does change.

This week, let us ask for God's eyes to see life from his perspective. Let us seek to live "face to face" and enjoy the new photograph of life that develops as children of God who are growing everyday.

grace to each of you,
Pastor Darian