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If you have driven in Nairobi for any length of time, you’ll appreciate that it can sometimes be very stressful driving within the city especially during peak hours. As a motorist in Nairobi, I have devised ways of remaining sane in traffic.
One of the ways I have devised has been to not take anything the other motorists do personal. That way, I am able to be in the middle of a road hog one moment and then the next on, ..whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things, …”, yes those ones….
So recently, I was driving and at a junction and decided to give way to the another motorist entering the junction. The vehicle had slightly tinted windows and ‘was keen on seeing the driver in the car so looked closer as the vehicle passed.
Here I was ready with a smile , only to receive back a ‘sura ya kazi’, some kind of ‘stone face’. I relaxed my smile and moved on, but kept thinking what could have been in the mind of that driver. “What was he going through?”
Well, whatever you are going through my friend today, relax, there’s a God who cares…
I hope this clip will make you smile:
There are many motivations for writing, and I have slowly as I have continued to write appreciated that not all motives are selfless.
In our last meeting of the local church, the conversation somehow went to discussing the scripture:
“….Why could not we cast him (the devil) out?….Because of your unbelief:…Howbeit this kind (of unbelief) goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. “.(Matt 17)
Further the conversation went on towards, “what to fast?..” and that is how we ended up discussing use of social media. This we acknowledged as one of the highest ranking time consumer and soul informer of our time. I use social media, and I acknowledge it as a great tool if utilized as a tool and not an end in itself. I have however had to apply some considerable level of discipline to ensure that my drive in having participation in social media is not pressure to be ‘with it’.
As I have taken this conversation further in my meditations, I remembered something I recently read from a course I’ve been going through, ‘Embrace the cross‘ by Chip Brogden (I’d recommend this course any time). In discussing the centrality of Christ, Chip gives examples of things that can be a distraction from focusing on Christ, and interestingly, he includes writing. I think the reason why writing stood out for me is because there are times I’ve felt the pressure to write something either here or in twitter, even when I do not have anything specific to write on. These are the times I’ve considered writing things I’ve read from somewhere (nothing particularly wrong with this) , but over time I’ve resolved, “not to write , anything that the Lord has not wrought through me“. Reblog or link, yes, but not cut and paste.
I believe that each of us has a uniqueness of experience in life and their individual walk with the Lord that when shared with others, does it’s part in building the body up towards full stature.
The flip side is not to fear to express that which the Lord has wrought through you for:
….the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.Eph 4:16
Every time you meet someone new, there’s always that initial seeking to know one another. Normally, this is referred to as introduction which will go something in the lines of, “I am Omondi and I work for Safaricom as a systems engineer”. While that introduction may satisfy the need to place where Omondi lies in the social structure, I have increasingly been thinking there’s more to an individual than in reference to his name, place of work, career line, etc.
In this case, after the introduction is made, one is able to place Omondi as being from a certain part of Kenya/Uganda, working with an organization associated with good pay and therefore he must be doing well financially, and a profession that requires good training so he must be well educated. However, the question still remains, “who is Omondi when all the labels are removed?”.
Imagine that Omondi moves to a new country where his name has never been heard, the organization he works for not known, and profession does not exist. How will he introduce himself?
“….his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?” (Luke 9:18)
“….But whom say ye that I am?…” (Luke 9:20)
Jesus talking to His disciples asks them who people say He is, and also them who they say He is. The responses ranged from “John the baptist”, “Elias”, to “prophets”. In another part they thought of Him, ..carpenter’s son, one whose mother was called Mary, and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas (Matt 13:55). This being true was only in reference to the known, but from His response to Peter’s answer, “The Christ of God.“, “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you“, we can deduce that the identity that trully matters is the one that proceeds from God. I believe that this same case applies to every believer in Jesus Christ. there is an identity that is beyond labels and that is our truest identity:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal 3:28,29)
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name“(Jn 1:12)
Beloved, your identity is in God the Father for,..ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.(Col 3:3)
The last one month has been a particularly trying one for our family. We lost a pregnancy midterm so we have been in a season of moaning for the better part. I will spare you the details of the circumstances both pre & post for the subject of this post is another though coming from an aspect of the experience.
We have wonderful friends and family who have been of great help in various ways. One particular friend’s approach to helping us deal with the grief specifically got me thinking. They went to great lengths to give us verses from the Bible to help us deal with the feeling of loss. There were a myriad of bible verses sent so we could go through and get comfort.
You guessed right if you are thinking that even though we tried to read the verses, little actually registered. I came to appreciate that no amount of theorizing can deal with pain of such loss.
Coming back to my thoughts on the use of scriptures, most of the verses that were used are verses that we’ve known and seen before. However, at that instance, they did not seem to bring relief. There was one specific one that I have in mind; “..You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food..(2Sam 21). Now, our well meaning friend intended that when we read this, we’d do like David, but it did not produce the expected results.
The gist of my thoughts is this, “why didn’t this application of scriptures work as expected?” and I think I am not too far from the answer when I say that we sometimes use the scriptures as medicine instead as of spiritual food. It is the biblical truth that we have ingested, digested, and has become flesh that enables us to minister life to others.