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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Coming and Going

Are you familiar with signal repeaters and boosters? They take a signal, boost the strength, and repeat it along it's journey. If I could speak electron, I may ask something like this to an incoming signal if I were a repeater: 

"Where have you come from, and where are you going?" 

Translated correctly it would actually sound more like this:

01010111 01101000 01100101 01110010 01100101 00100000 01101000 01100001 01110110 01100101 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01100011 01101111 01101101 01100101 00100000 01100110 01110010 01101111 01101101 00101100 00100000 01100001 01101110 01100100 00100000 01110111 01101000 01100101 01110010 01100101 00100000 01100001 01110010 01100101 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01100111 
01101111 01101001 01101110 01100111 00111111 :)

OK, the smiley face was mine ... 

CDMA Repeater, and not my picture, well ... because I don't have one.

"...where have you come from and where are you going?..."

It's a great question though isn't it? In fact so great, that it is seen in Scripture as God asks Hagar that very same question as she was fleeing ... (Genesis 16:8 ESV)

          Where have you come from and where are you going?

A question of genesis. A question of direction. A question of journeys. A question of destination.

Have you ever paused to ask yourself that question lately? I have ... when I read this today.

Where have I come from? Where am I going?
Am I on track?
Am I pointed in the right direction?
Am I listening to Him?
Am I experiencing intimacy with my Lord, or just knowledge?
Is my direction focused, or fearful?
Is my path paved with prayer and direction, or flesh and impulse?

I think Psalm 119:105 captures the essence of being able to answer that question:

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."

If we seek answers, we need to seek His Word. Prayer, thoughts, fellowship, friendly and pastoral guidance should all be washed through Scripture ... because it is the one unchangeable Foundation we can trust. Study the text, learn it, know it ... not just verses and passages taken out of context that the world loves to warp with ignorance (for and against our faith). Everything. It's a gift ... to help us with confidence when we ask ourselves or are asked by Him the question:

     Where have you come from and where are you going?

His,
~Matthew

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