“To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven.” (The Byrds/Pete Seeger/Ecclesiastes 3…)
Thursday evening I drove Rebekah over to our church campus for a couple of meetings. As we walked from the parking lot to the Christian Life Center I looked up to see the last remaining light seep out of the western sky. I almost felt a sense of the movement of the earth, as our portion of North Carolina moved away from the sun, dipping into the darkness on our journey away from February 2 and toward another new day.
The fluidity of time, spread out across the sky on the big screen in an animation that spoke also of timelessness. It made me look at our church – also moving hundreds of miles per hour and into tomorrow – as both my fixed point in eternity and my mode of transportation into the next part of this adventure.
A couple of weeks ago, introducing some new members to my adult Sunday-school class, we went around the room making sure everyone knew everyone else. People shared their name, their occupation, and how long they have been at WFPC.
Some were brand new members, some had joined since we arrived three and a half years ago, and some folk have been around a decade or so. But the best answer by far came from a couple who introduced themselves this way: “We’ve been church members since around 2006,” they said; “disciples for the past year.”
“We’ve been church members since around 2006,” they said; “disciples for the past year.”
Wow! I wish everyone understood the distinction (and practiced it) well enough to introduce themselves in that way.
But following Jesus is a continual journey, like the earth moving through time and space. We may stand outside of time in terms of our relationship with eternity, but we live here on this beautiful planet as we live into God’s purposes for our lives, and our relationships to one another. As disciples, we must never stand in place, but always move into tomorrow.
Our calling is not to stop the world from turning, but to reconcile the world to God.
All of these new things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and who gave us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words, God was reconciling the world to himself through Christ, by not counting people’s sins against them. He has trusted us with this message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
It really is amazing sometimes what you see when you stop for a moment and look up – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.