Friday, December 31, 2010

Prepare Ye the Way...

As I (Aaron) read over the "God's Promise" section of last week's liturgical devotional outline, I was struck over and over again by the significance (and imperative) of the following passage from the book of Luke:

"Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God." (Luke 3:4-6)

Theologian and author John S. Mogabgab observes, "On the road ahead someone is coming toward us, someone for whom we must prepare by undertaking massive new construction. Valleys of loss and despair are to be filled with new hope. Mountains of self-assigned virtue are to be replaced by humility. Crooked minds are to be straightened through repentance, broken bodies to be healed through compassion, and misshapen ideologies to be graded by truth."

The more time we spend as volunteer missionaries here in Poland, the more I'm convinced that these are perhaps foremost among the reasons God called us here in the first place. Not merely to pursue particular self-fulfilling, self-satisfying short-term goals, but to help further develop the work here in accordance with God's long-term plans and purposes.

In short: we are called -all of us- to be path-makers, hole-fillers, mountain-movers, and hope-finders. We are called to prepare the way!

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