I haven’t written much lately. But I’ve been thinking a lot. And praying. And wondering.
At the beginning of my present study, my intention was to examine the Apostle Paul’s statement to the Church at Philippi. He spoke of his many accomplishments (about any one of which any of us could be justly boastful) and then said they were nothing. They were as “dung” (manure) when compared with the most important pursuit, namely:
“That I may know Him (Christ), and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering.” (Philippians 3:10.)
That seemed to me to capsulize all the things about which we are thinking in this season.
As I considered the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Savior, Lord, Son of God, to be very candid with you, I found myself at a loss for words. I felt that I was in the presence of a love I cannot comprehend and can certainly never deserve. And a power which I desire but can never understand. I found myself fumbling and mumbling in an attempt to say what I feel. I, who have spent a lifetime trying to be thoughtful and honest, and trying to be a “wordsmith” of sorts, found myself completely speechless. Nothing I could think or write or say came even close to expressing the beauty and wonder, the majesty and mystery of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of the dear Lord Christ.
I really do believe in the facts about Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection as reported in the Gospel accounts. But I’m at a total loss trying to say what I think and feel. It seems to me sometimes that the only appropriate response to such wonder is reverent silence. Awed devotion. And that is where I am at the moment.
“Be still and know that I am God,” was the comment Psalmist made when he simply had no words adequate for the occasion (Psa. 46:10). Just hush. Listen. Be grateful. Worship.
Poets have a way of saying what we feel and think which prose can not express.
For example, I recalled these lines:
“O, for a thousand tongues to sing My great Redeemer’s praise!”
For the record, my intention from here till the end of my journey is to try to understand what Paul wrote. I’d really like to know Christ, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering.
I hope you do, too.
God’s son and servant, Your friend and fellow student, ~donkimrey