Tuesday, April 20, 2010

THE AMAZING RACE

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MY FAMILY ENJOYS WATCHING THE AMAZING RACE on Sunday evenings as we partake of a light Sunday supper. We cheer on our favorite teams and wish we could visit the exotic places and be involved in the various tasks they must perform. Of course it all looks so much easier from our family room, and we might not think it so "enjoyable" if were were pressured by lack of sleep, unfamiliar surroundings and the constant push to come in first. The Amazing Race is also the amazingly tough race. It's not without plan and reason that "mandatory pit-stops" are written into the itinerary.

The Christian faith has been likened unto a race (1 Corinthians 9:24; 2 Timothy 4:7, Hebrew 12:1) and therefore it is a good metaphor for our lives as followers of Jesus Christ. The problem arises, as I see it, when we fail to take the mandatory pit-stops. When we rush ahead at light-speed rather that God-speed. We can get so focused upon winning the prize set out before us, that we never slow down in order to check the map and regain our bearings.

This is, in part, what happens to Abram and Sarai in Genesis 16:1-16. God has promised the aged couple a son, a heir, and a family line that will out-number the stars that Abram can count. But when things don't happen as fast as they would like, rather than taking a pit-stop they rush forward on their own wisdom and ingenuity and leave in their wake broken relationships that will last for millennia.

As I read through the passage there are a few things that catch my eye, notably, when we rush ahead at our speed we leave broken relationships along the road, and our decisions can have both immediate and long-term negative affects. (Genesis 16:3-12)

The good news is that God's grace and mercy still operate in the midst ramifications of our poor choices. (Genesis 16:9-16)

I am sure that there is more that I could share, but another racer just when whizzing by me and I must catch up! Wouldn't want to be late, ya know!

Happy racing!
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1 comment:

Ericka said...

Thank you for your article. A lot of times we do forget that the race is not given to the swift nor to the strong but to the one who endures unto the end. We don't refer back to God on His plan. He knows the map better than we do. Thank you for jogging my mind today. This was a great read.