Choices. We make them every day. What will I wear today? What will I have for breakfast? How will I use my time today? Whom will I befriend? What career will I choose? Whom shall I marry? Some choices are minor. But others have serious consequences and far-reaching ramifications. Here is a little poem I wrote about the choices made by several individuals in the Bible.
What if Moses had said: “Look at that burning bush. How strange!
But I can’t go over there and take a closer look right now. I’ve got these sheep to tend to.”
What if Ruth had said: “You’re right, Naomi. I’ll stay here in Moab.
You go back to Bethlehem by yourself. It’s been nice knowing you. Take care.”
What if David had said: “Yikes! Goliath is much bigger than I thought!
I haven’t got a chance! I’m getting out of here!”
What if Mary had said, “Thanks for the invitation, Gabe.
But tell God I’m sorry—I’ve already made other plans.”
What if Joseph had said: “For a minute I thought I heard an angel telling me
to take Mary as my wife. It must have been those peppers I ate.”
What if Peter had said: “But I can’t leave my fishing, Jesus.
It’s the only thing I’m really good at.”
What if Matthew had said: “Sorry, Jesus, I can’t come and follow you.
I’m far too unworthy.”
What if Paul had said: “Me write a letter? I don’t have time for that sort of thing.
Just tell the Corinthians I said ‘Hi.'”
In the past salvation came through ordinary people
making extraordinary choices
and trusting in God’s grace.
Salvation comes today
in the same way.
Some questions for personal reflection:
Have I ever made a choice that looked simple at the time, but it ended up having serious ramifications for my life?
Have I ever made a choice that made me change the plans I had already made?
Have I ever made a choice that called forth talents from me that I didn’t know I had?
What are some of the choices I am making at this time in my life? Does my faith influence these choices?
PS: I enjoyed my time in New Jersey and met some extraordinary men and women. I want to thank them for attending the workshop and/or the spirituality day. I was enriched by their presence!
This week we celebrate Veterans’ Day. Let us remember to pray for all who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces. Last year on November 4th I posted a reflection on my Uncle who served in WWII. If you would like to read it, just type Uncle Hank in the search box at the right.