Dec 20, 2014


There's always so much to do here on the yard. Now it's time to put flower plants to the ground, and if I have time, I'd prune those berry bushes, too. I'd also have to go to our summer cottage, and do the spring works there. Oh boy, I don't have time enough to do anything else. Well, I can't complaint. I've chosen this kind of lifestyle. No way I'd move to a town and living there in the midst of noise and smoke. Living in a village is so nice, and we even have neighbors quite near to us.

These neighbors are so nice, indeed. The nearest one is living just 50 meters away. A nice couple with two kids. The son has already moved away from home, but the daughter, approaching legal adulthood, is still living at home. Such a sweet and nice girl. Or she was like that. Last summer some strange young people came here from the nearest town, and since then the company of the local boys and girls haven't been good enough for her. Now they come all the time and pick her up, and even her appearance has changed. A lovely girl from the neighborhood has turned to be a punk, or what ever. Sometimes we hear the noise of quarreling, and many times the girl has left home with doors banging.

Now I have to take a short break, and go to the porch to ponder a bit. Some juice is waiting for me brought by my wife. Made by the products of our own yard, and as delicious as can be. Yes, even my old lady is still so delicious after all these years (ha, ha). Our old acquaintances say that during these decades together, we have become so alike. Maybe I'm not such a bitter tasting man anymore (ha, ha). It might be so that like breeds like. Living together hasn't always been easy. I have to admit that, but both of us have learned to live together and still want to learn more.

It's so among us people but there is something similar in our relationship with the Lord. We all were living more or less a wild life of some single persons before the awakening and the new birth that is the engagement. After that our attention was attached to the one and only. We wanted to be with Him every moment: "Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night ." (Ps. 1:1-2) You learn a thing or two from another person. In this other love affair it's a little bit one-sided, on this side of the border I mean: "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." (1. Cor. 13:12)

A succesful relationship demands commitment, of course, and faithfulness. For that you must sometimes sacrifice your own affections and views: "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." (Rom. 12:1-2) You can't trust on that old trickster's amour at all. That manipulator of our emotions goes around where ever he feels like. He flies from a flower to another during the summer season. A good relationship is anchored to quite a different thing: "Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me." (John 14:23-24)

The grandchildren are coming to visit us again. How wonderful it is to look at those bright eyes. They're full of trust and purity. They are definitely one of the most beautiful things in this ugly world. Something similar I've seen in the eyes of some adults, of those who spend a lot time with their Lord: "This is what the Lord spoke of when he said: "Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored." (Lev. 10:3)

Now I have to go and work again. It won't be done automatically. Ah, one more thing crossed my mind. It's good to end this pondering break with it: "And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." (2. Cor. 3:18)

With greetings of change
J. P.

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