What is true?

I well remember as a child thinking grown ups were different from me in every way. I saw them as the ones with knowledge, power, and control, able to will and to do as they pleased. Age has enlightened me greatly. Though we gain knowledge along the way, and are able to make more choices for ourselves as adults, we are still far from in control, far from powerful, and often feel similar vulnerability that filled us as children. We are bigger, hopefully a little wiser, and have far more responsibility than when we were young, but we never become what I once thought constituted adulthood.

I teach psychology and am forever considering the complexity of individuals and societies and find myself drawn to and even craving the simple and the sweet. Nothing comforts me like the quiet stillness I find with my Bible opened across my lap and prayers for peace emanating from my heart; wandering outside to look at the new buds on the tress and bushes or the bright green stems pushing their way through the earth into the light; the sweet Mama and Daddy birds working in tandem to build their nest in preparation for the hatchlings they will tend in days to come. To watch the unfolding of God’s divine plan in nature always draws my mind to His orderly and life-giving ways and brings me peace.

Even as I sit, day in and day out, pecking away at my keyboard, I can always find the little birds and squirrels just outside our windows going about the business of collecting what has been provided for them by God’s bountiful hand. Such a comfort to see them sustained and flourishing according to His plan.

It seems to me that the longer time remains, the more deeply confused mankind becomes, the more we find to disagree on, to question, and to contradict. I don’t see that things are getting better, just changing, changing, changing. That bothers me.

Sometimes I come across a scripture that so clarifies truth, giving perfect and unquestionable direction, that I just close my eyes and rest in it for a little while, letting it settle deeply into my heart and mind. One of those is from Micah 6:8, “He hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Truth, goodness, justice, love, mercy, and humility…these are to be our desire and our purpose, to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God. I love that we are told what is required of us so that we are not left to wonder in anxious worry, but can pray for help to live in this way and go about our daily lives with these thoughts on our minds. We are blessed to know what we are to do. May we do it and encourage others to do the same.

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