I think of things that happened in my younger life and it seems like a dream or things that I heard of happening to someone else, someone familiar to me but certainly not myself. I want this year’s trip around the sun for me will be a happy one for us all and I wish it were free of all the politics and debates and news commentators. I am one that likes to know the ending of a book or a movie and if it isn’t going to be a happy one then I don’t want to waste my time watching it, so since we can’t know for sure what is coming for us this is one time I have to bide my time and see. I call it “waiting for the second halves.”
There was a particular phrase that caught at my heart this morning as I listened to the score of Camelot and birthed the thoughts I want to share with you. King Arthur, desolate at the demise of his dream is approached by a young lad who tells him that he has heard all of the wonderful stories of the Knights of the Round Table and because of hearing them wants to become one of the wonderful, fabled Knights himself. Upon hearing this, the King has a glimmer of hope that as long as the story is told and remembered that something of Camelot will remain. When he is asked, “Who was that lad?” He answered, “he is one of what we all are, less than a drop in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea, but it seems that some of the drops sparkle, some of them do sparkle!”
Those thoughts made me wonder about the stories of people I have known and known of, as well as the woman writing this, let’s talk about it for a moment.
As a young girl I would hear my folks talk about different famous evangelists or “big-time” pastors who were the stars in the church world. It seems as if one after another became tarnished and that our stars were falling from the sky and there was no one we could look upon as our hero. As soon as one would come into national attention, someone would come forward with a story, some awful deed they had done, whether it was absconding with funds or having an affair with someone which would result in vows and marriages being broken, the people I watched every week on TV and honestly kind of envied were the faces we were seeing on the National Enquirer and the evening news and where were our heroes now?
Looking back at the Bible we see heroes that failed but asked for forgiveness, and then there is the Hero of all Heroes in the person of Jesus the Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. How? You ask, in Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.”
Our goal should be to live up to the trust Jesus Christ put in us when He gave His life in the most chivalrous of all deeds defending our right to might and justice.
Although it seems like second halves are not happy for most, I believe that because Jesus Christ rose from his un-happy ending of death so that we could be victorious, and I know that even though stars have fallen before, I, like King Arthur, believe that you and I are “one of what we all are, less than a drop in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea, but it seems that some of the drops sparkle, some of them do sparkle!”
I am trying to make this coming year one that sparkles like the diamonds I am wearing on my left hand and I invite you to be one that will sparkle on with me!