Know Jack #26

“As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it…” When I was young, I a member of a swim team. There were a few guys that I raced against frequently enough to consider rivals. However, my greatest competition was always against myself. The clock told me if I had succeeded or not. One thing I took away from the experience is that I never swam my best race. There was always just a tiny bit left when I hit the wall at the finish. 

I have found life is like that. Every time that I think I have given all and there’s nothing left, I find there is still a drop in the tank. That drop is a challenge. I imagine video gamers feel like that, there’s always a challenge to score higher or finish faster and stronger. I am certain that I have yet to write my best story.

Where there is life, there is hope. Were it not so we had long ago vanished from the face of the earth. That does not mean hope is always easy to find or the challenge to use that last drop of energy is accepted. But, it is there. It may lie hidden behind a crowd of competing emotions, or the echoes of the past…but it is there. 

Like the woman in scripture, we must shoulder our way through the crowd relying solely on our hope that if we can but touch the divine all will be set right. Depression, feelings of worthlessness, guilt, shame and unbelief press between us and the divine source of healing. Our familiar friends all unknowingly sometimes block the way. Nevertheless, the way is there. God says, you will seek me and you will find me when you have searched for me with all your heart. All your heart may be a single unintelligible cry…it may be that last drop. 

I know people who say they cried out to God for help that never came. That they are still around to complain about it tells me the story is not done yet…they have a drop left. Many of them have suffered in the interim. I cannot speak for God, but I can say there is still new wine in the cluster.

This is a departure from my usual, I know. It is on my heart today to encourage you to never give up. There is a goodness in God that can still be touched by you. The walls between you and a positive relationship with the Creator are not of His making and because that is true, those walls are not insurmountable. A divine hand reaches for you…it is yours for the taking.    

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