Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Many people between the ages of thirty and sixty - no matter their place in the community and no matter their personal achievements - undergo what can truly be called a second journey.
In his book, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning describes this second journey.
A person gets to this stage in life and looks at all he or she has done and asks, "Is it all worth it?"
A dear friend of ours realized this with a health scare that brought him face to face with the possibility of meeting his Creator sooner rather than later. It does not have to always be a life threatening event. It can be good or bad. A mom turns into Grandma and celebrates this gift. A thirty-five year old teacher gets smashed in a car wreck. A fifty year old man decides to choose a church position over the offered, coveted CEO position. After retirement, a sixty year old woman finds herself living with a man she loves yet never had to spend this much time with.
Brennan Manning sums this up, "These people are dragged away from chosen and cherished patterns to face strange crises. This is their second journey."
He goes on to describe the wisdom that comes from a person expereiencning the second journey,
"It is a wisdom that gives some things up, lets some things die, and accepts human limitations."
And for Christians, this journey can often start with a second call from the Lord. In the examples above, our friend found saving grace in the love of his Savior. The fifty year old man was my father who gave up that CEO position in order to be the Church Chairman of the Board. These second calls summoned both of these men to a deeper commitment of faith. And I love this part of Manning's description:
"The call asks,
Do you really accept the message that God is head over heels in love with you?"
That is what the second call is asking me now. DO I really accept that message of love and grace?
Oh, I can say it and even tell people about it, but do I believe it? Do I embrace that love?
The confidence that the same God who raised Jesus can raise me?
Manning says that Faith means you want God and want to want nothing else.
And with a faith like that, every day will be new because God will show me in amazing ways his love for me and I in turn will desire to live out this crazy love for Him in order to bring Him the glory He intends for us to give Him!
I will have more joy filled MOMents as a mom because I will radically love my children. I will let go of the little things (like the Mickey Mouse Lego set we lost) and focus on the big thing of God.
I will rest in these sweet times when my children are home and trust in the times when they are away from me. Without fear. Without despair.
I am starting to hear this call. Oh, I plead with Him to allow me to hear and follow. May I feel His love penetrate to every part of my soul so that with every breath, I know that God can scarcely be without me his love is so great!
Are you hearing the second call?