Thursday, January 14, 2010

Start Jumping

But for you that honor my name, victory will shine
like the sun with healing in its rays, and you will jump
around like calves at play.

Malachi 4:2

Playful calves bring a smile to one’s face. Exercising their new limbs in short bursts of energy they quickly dip for a nip of milk from their mother then return to their romps. They don’t have a care in the world.

On any given day of any given week there are times when we don’t feel like calves at play. Our spirit has little or no energy to expend. Even the sun’s warmth doesn’t touch our skin for the dark cloud surrounding it. And as far as feeling victorious, well, some days we feel more like we’re walking around with a capital “L” on our forehead.

In these times we become desperate for relief. However, in the process of our frantic search for happiness we will miss God’s promised victory.

God wants us to give him the honor no matter what is presently happening. The word but in this verse makes all the difference - it brings hope. In this last book of the Old Testament God says the day is coming when the arrogant and evildoers will be destroyed, but, if we honor his name, thankful for what he has given us, rejoicing in his presence, attentive to how we walk through our lives, day by day, we will not be among them.

Victory will come in due time. The sun will shine again and leaping with joy we’ll walk out of the darkness into the healing rays of the sun. So, today be still in his presence. Calf jumping will come later and no doubt when it is least expected.

Jesus, help me to live each day
in a way that honors
who you are in my life
and when it is time for jumping
my spirit will be ready.

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