Making Ends Meet with God
The city of Chicago started on their side, the state of Illinois from theirs. Across the street from each other, the idea was to connect City Hall with the State Offices by an underground walkway. Four years behind schedule, it was finally completed; well it was close- they were within inches of linking up when… oops! The state’s section was 9 inches lower than the city’s, and the city’s was 8 inches too far east.
“Why didn’t they start from the same side?” I wondered after having read the article. No doubt, city and state regulations and funding problems prevented this.
Now CONSIDER how this same thing happens in our lives. We strike out on our own. We begin tunneling away, hoping that somewhere along the way we will link up with God, who we need to help us complete the journey. Unfortunately, along the way, we realize that we are not meeting up with God, and we are not quite sure where He is or how to get to Him.
Jesus prayed continually to God. The Gospel writers give us twelve occasions when he was in prayer. Jesus was always making sure that he and God were tunneling together: praying at his baptism, before beginning his preaching ministry, in the act of Transfiguration, and in the garden are examples of, “Lord, am I doing what you want me to do? Am I being the person you want me to be?” In the end, Jesus did not want to be inches apart from meeting up with God.
The title of the newspaper article was PROJECT CAN’T MAKE ENDS MEET; perhaps this article should be entitled PRAYER- MAKING ENDS MEET WITH GOD.
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’ He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:1-4)
Rev. Wendell Mettey
June 12, 1989