There is a spider that lives under water. That seems so wrong. Yet God made it right by giving the Diving Bell Spider the ability to create a bubble that acts as a lung. Because of the bubble, the spider is able to breathe underwater.
Exodus 23:8-10 reminds us that as Believers we are aliens on this earth. Stick with me. I’m not talking about little green men. This is a sci-fi free zone.
Believers often just don’t fit. More and more when I’m in public, I find myself wary of those around me. When did cursing become publicly acceptable? In restaurants, in stores, and dare I say it, in church. Yes, even there, words slip like a greased pig.
Last week at lunch, I told a companion that I’d like to change tables. I wasn’t comfortable sitting next to a group of adults where every other word made me cringe. Thankfully, she felt the same.
We walked up to the hostess stand with our menus in hand. When I asked the young woman to move us, she asked if there was a problem. When I told her (nicely) that I wasn’t comfortable with the language being used by the people at the next table, she stared at me. After a few seconds of silence, she sighed and lead us to another table without a word.
I felt like a foreigner in a strange land. The unacceptable has become acceptable. The acceptable is shunned. And, like Job, I wonder, How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions. Psalm 35:16-18
There are times I long for Jesus to open Heaven’s door and welcome me. A place of peace. A place of goodness. A place of mercy. A place I will be at Home.
Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt. Exodus 23:8-10