Monday, March 28, 2011
About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. John 7:14-18
The rectory is a lot emptier this afternoon than yesterday and by tomorrow afternoon we hope to be on the road south in a truck and car convoy, letting a new adventure begin. Some begin new adventures hoping for fame and glory. This adventure is more about growth and transformation, creativity and new life. We are seeking deep wisdom from God, hoping to find that wisdom and insight by the seas surrounded by family and friends. It will be both full and lonely, new and familiar. I have done a lot of study and earned many degrees. Now is the time to seek God's heart and the teaching that is revealed with an open spirit.
Jesus is not of the learned class and the religious leaders find him both brilliant and lacking - he is not one of them. And yet he is from God. They know his words hit home, and his spirit is holy, and they are afraid. We human too often put stock in professionalism and credentials, and often shun those who simply live in truth and have an honest and discerning heart. We want to impress and be impressed, and overlook depth for the shallow flashes of light.
Today as we pack and wrap, may my soul be trusting completely in God's leading and insight for me in the days to come. Too often, I trust the shallow, apparent things of life and forget to look for the hidden depth in power in each day. May I resist the temptation to brood or fear, rather give my heart to trusting in God's wisdom and God's glory.