“So what do we do?” (Romans 6.1)
Paul asked the question. I asked the question. Everyone asks the question at one time or another. The question fits all kinds of circumstances; what to do when relationships are under stress, how to answer problems that have no answers, or a rhetorical response to any situation where the pain is so great the all options are blocked.
Every hour of the day contains at least one expression like this. The pace of life continues to increase along with the challenges and opportunities for each. Black and white answers blur themselves into shades of gray. The answers our parents gave us no longer address the complexities we understand, while we ourselves are confused when children describe the world they see.
The question remains, so what do we do?
In my own attempts to deal with the question, I discovered I was trying to do everything by and for myself. I ignored everything and everyone around me. I tried to believe that history did not matter, that nothing before my time was of importance. If in doubt, I believed that some action was better than doing nothing at all.
I could not have been, and continue to be more wrong.
To answer the question completely I must see what is all around me, what God has, is, and will do for you and me. I need to explore and experience God. I should look and understand what has gone before so that my time in the present can be all that life will support. Before acting, I should understand, listen, and watch.
So what do we do?
I rest in the Presence. I open all my senses to God’s voice, hand and touch, leading, and Spirit. I journey back through history to accept the gift specially designed for me at Calvary. I remain with God so that I may live in heaven during the present.
As I do this, I find that my question has answers waiting to be lived – I find God already calling you and I friends.