Jan and I are attending the Worldcast Ministries Conference
in Yakima, Washington. Later today I am scheduled to speak. As I sit in our beautiful hotel room going
over the notes for my message, I am looking through a window at the Yakima
River. The window is framing a visible metaphor for life and wisdom. Looking out the window I only see the image
before me – a window, a balcony, a walking path and the river. Had Jan and I
not left our room for an early morning walk along the river we would have never
seen the geese flying overhead or how the river forks and surrounds an island
the boy in me wanted to swim out to and explore. In order to see more we had to get out of our
room and leave behind the narrow representation of reality our window provided.

At age 66, I am being overhauled. No, I am not getting a
tummy-tuck, a hair transplant or a new wardrobe. I am having my understanding
of God’s Kingdom overhauled. It’s time. I am in need of a spiritual tune up and
oil change. I used to think at this time in my life I would have it all figured
out, but now I realize how dangerous that way of thinking can be if left
unchecked. The Kingdom isn’t static. It is always expanding. God’s Kingdom is
continually tearing itself from the grip of people who think they have God defined
and contained within the grasp of their limited understanding.

To understand this thing called the Kingdom of God requires that
we become explorers who are willing to leave our room and its limited view of
reality and walk outside to see the bigger picture. Staying in the room of our
theological status quo creates small people with small views of God and His
Kingdom. God is doing something large and ever increasing on the face of the
earth. We can never see that expansive work of God if we stay holed up in the
room of our assumptions. Get out and explore what is beyond your current line
of sight. Outside, somewhere along the path, is where the next season of your
life is waiting to be discovered.


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