Friday, March 18

Friday March 18, 2011
So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord your God and his decrees that I am commanding you today, for your own well-being. …You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. – Deuteronomy 10:12, 19

In our Journey with God we need a spaghetti junction that reminds of how we travelling.  Spaghetti Junction was designed to remove congestion in the I-85 and I-285 interchange in the Atlanta, GA suburbs to send cars in either the direction of the city or out to the country/mountains.

These interchanging points exist due to the amount of traffic that this junction receives on a daily basis, as it hangs over the beltway of I-285, I-75, I-85 and Georgia 400.  The ramp is so high that it intertwines and exemplifies a spaghetti noodle therefore known as Spaghetti Junction, but its basic premise is to eliminate traffic build up that often fills the driving roads.

Perhaps, in our spiritual journeys we should evaluate our choke points and reduce religious congestion, but how? While one can view the congestion from above, often we on the road do not see what is ahead.  The privilege of having such vision presents a moment of self direction but does not guaranty how we shall reach our destination.

Our trust in God is for our own good and is endless for all, even aliens.  What we are reminded of in this passage is that we are chosen.  Even on this earth, are you vulnerable enough to accept such a gift?  Such an examination calls for us answering God versus God being asked to answer us.  Today, why not answer God! For it shall be pleasing unto the Lord, in these days there is no partiality but grace in a time of need, and hope as the hand of love is extended to those who serve God.

Begin today to seek God and accept that you are an alien so that when you are at a junction, clearly the stars in sky reminds you of blessings that God has stored in your life and God’s vision for you out of love.

Julian Bond