GOD IN THE MUNDANE MINUTIAE

“What will you do in the mundane days of faithfulness?” (Martin Luther)

Early one morning this week I had finished my devotions and was lying on the living room floor doing my exercises when I spied a fly walking across the ceiling. A question I’d never thought about before popped into my mind, “How does a fly land on the ceiling?” I know a thing or two about flying and aerobatics and landing and I tried to envision the aerobatic maneuver or combination that would enable him to plant his sticky feet on the ceiling. I was pretty sure he didn’t fly final approach inverted. When you’re retired you have the leisure to go wherever your curiosity takes you, so I got online, skipped all the depressing news of the day and went straight to my research.

i learned a fly has a variety of landing approaches. Sometimes he does a half-roll, sometimes a half-loop and sometimes a complex cartwheel to land—quite an impressive aerobatic repertoire. I used to fancy myself a pretty hot stick in my flying days, but the fact is I can’t hold a candle to a fly! What a humbling thought. The same God who guided me to hundreds of safe landings, and saw to it that they equaled my takeoffs, guides that fly in his landings…and the stars in their orbits. “… in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). His mind is further above mine than mine is above that fly. Infinitely further. Humbling indeed, and humble is good, required even, if I would one day land in a new and wondrous world with no pests, no war planes, no gloomy news and perfect peace and love forever.

“For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation” (Psalm 149:4).

See you in church.

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