Well, my son received that package he was waiting for. It was a lot bigger than we had anticipated. He was so excited to open it that he didn’t pay attention to the way he was opening it and just tore into it. Of course he was opening it upside down. He didn’t realize until he had sliced through the tape and thrown open the flaps and started to unpack it that something just wasn’t right. It was a difficult go of it till his Dad suggested he do it the right way and turn the box right side up.
I was thinking about that this morning as I was/am waiting for the sun to rise. Which way is up…really? Who named North, East, South, and West? What if they/we have it all wrong? What if North isn’t really North? What if God intended what we call East to really be North? Doesn’t it make more sense that the sun rises in the North since it rises up? Are we a people who orient ourselves to the polarity of the world’s standards or are we a people who should be oriented by God’s standard?
I’m starting a new way of thinking! Today I declare that East is now North, and West is now South. The sun rises in the North and sets in the South. What freedom from the trappings of this world!!! Isn’t that the way it should be for a Christian?
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world. but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.
And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it , as to a light shining in a dark place , until the day dawns and the morning star rises (up) in your hearts.
Jesus, you have made us a new creation! You have freed us from the bonds of this cursed world and our own sin. As each new day of mercy dawns orient us to True North. In Jesus name, Amen.
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