I grew up baffled by inheritances. I could never figure out what my grandparents had to give or share with me. I was never convinced that there was anything in their house that I would want or even like. In hindsight, the turn of the century Singer sewing machine would be an incredible treasure if I had it now. At the time, I could not imagine ever getting anything of value. As I look back I find it puzzling on a number of fronts.
First, the gift from one generation to the next was flowing faster than I could absorb. Their stories and wisdom were and are worth more than any object they could have entitled me with.
Second, my arrogance in thinking I was self-sufficient was incredibly na?ve. In addition to the essential elements of food, water, and a place to stay dry and warm, I needed to be in community. The thirst to know that I was part of something greater than myself, that I was not alone, and even that I was loved pervaded every fiber of my being. My grandmother gave this to me in abundance.
Third, my confidence in knowing my path was, in hindsight, mere blindness. There was wisdom sitting on the table, readily available. A great price had already been paid for this knowledge. It was no mine, if I simply reached out, accepted, and brought it into my soul. Candidly, I squandered this one.
Even now, you and I have a great inheritance. The price has been paid. It is fully and completely ours. With our yes, everything changes. God’s promise becomes reality; “Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words. I'm making a lasting covenant commitment with you, the same that I made with David: sure, solid, enduring love.” (Isaiah 55.3)
There is no point in waiting. It is time to take our inheritance. The present is only here at the moment. Today’s yes with the dawn opens up everything. It is time to fully and completely embrace what is now ours.
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