Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Rather than focusing on the gifts God held out to them – a land flowing with milk and honey, with clusters of grapes that were so heavy it took two men to shoulder the load - ten of twelve Hebrew spies calculated the dangers of entering the Promised Land and halted the progress of their people. Two men, Caleb and Hosea (Joshua) instead counted the cost of entering into the mercy God promised his people. When I, like the ten spies, calculate all the elements of the dangers I am facing, I mill around with resources and uncertainty at the gate to mercy, and lose sight of the gifts of any given passage of my life. Jesus invited us to take into account the cost of the journey ahead so that we would be prepared to walk forward into his promises of grace. Counting the costs beyond resources and relationships, that are the true costs of time (commitment), energy (suffering) and practising prayer and thanksgiving in all things (spiritual fitness), I am propelled forward into the surprising mercy of God. Where am I really headed on my journey? Am I marking time as I calculate the dangers, or am I walking forward into the promises and the un-calculable love of God? Holy Spirit, help me not calculate the dangers but count the cost of entering into your mercy.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:2)
We must sow seed, not hoard it.
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.