When groups of friends gather (remember those days?) conversation flows in and out in lots and lots of directions, kind of like murmuration, the phenomenon of thousands of starlings swooping and swirling in the sky, creating mesmerizing, beautiful patterns seemingly effortlessly like an impromptu ballet. Often, our casual gatherings will have someone wondering about the name of a show or the date of one thing or another or maybe the definition of a word like ‘murmuration.’ If our very own KC is present, and on the extremely rare occasion when he doesn’t immediately have the answer, he’ll say, “If only there were some way to find out.” (his tongue-in-cheek way of suggesting grabbing a nearby smartphone to investigate.) Gone are the days when such a question would necessitate scurrying to the den to pull Volume 16 of World Book off the shelf (it does still exist: the 2020 edition has 14,000 pages in 22 volumes for a mere $999.00). Because online searches yield instant results, and don’t require multiple treks retrieving those weighty tomes, the searches sometimes can get launched for the most inconsequential of topics. But not all quests are frivolous; some carry more weight than that entire above-mentioned set.
We live in tumultuous times. Uncertainty/anxiety/despondency/outrage populate media posts, newspaper and magazine articles, television and radio programs, books and all forms of advertising. It seems there are far more burning questions than satisfying answers. Among those questions for the Church: How do we navigate the churning emotions we are experiencing? What is our response to be? How are we to position ourselves? Where can we find peace? Back to: “If only there were some way to find out.” (thanks, Keith!) God’s Word – alive and well even after all this time, our life manual, our love letter from the Father, our heaven-sent, Spirit-infused source book, all the answers to all our questions. For example, Romans 12:2 TPT: “Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think.: This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.” Or this, from James 1: “Be quick to listen, but slow to speak. And be slow to become angry, for human anger is never a legitimate tool to promote God’s righteous purpose.” The amazingly cool thing about this ‘in Christ’ life we are living is that He provides the whole enchilada. It’s all in there; all ours for the receiving; all waiting to wash over us with peace – perfect peace. Want some? See y’all tomorrow at 10 AM. PD
*The hymn that inspired today’s title