There are many different ways of bringing people into His kingdom. I have therefore learned to be cautious in my judgement. ~ C.S. Lewis
I’m still traveling and will be for another week. I’ve had the joy of reuniting with family and with many old friends, some I haven’t seen for years. It’s been an interesting trip. I’ve been gone for 12 days, driven nearly 3300 miles with another 1500 to go.
One of the fascinating aspects of this journey has been seeing how God has changed us. My grand daughters (whom I hadn’t seen for 2 years) are now 3 and 5 and completely unconditional in their love. They’ve outgrown baby clothes and baby ways and have become funny and expressive and imaginative!
My friends have changed, too. They’ve grown in different ways. With some, we have more in common than ever. I can tell as soon as our eyes meet. With others, our thinking, even our convictions, have taken us in divergent directions. I used to find differences, particularly spiritual differences, threatening.
I also used to be fairly certain that I was generally always right. While I never liked the saying My way or the highway, I’m afraid I unconsciously subscribed to it when someone espoused opinions and convictions very different from mine. Now though, I see more and more, the mystery of God in our differences.
C.S. Lewis offers a humble and wise warning: learn to be cautious in judgement, God brings people into His kingdom in a myriad of ways. It isn’t my way or the high way; it’s the HIGH way, any way that leads to Him!
(A personal aside to you who regularly read and share your time and thoughts so generously here – I’ve had virtually no internet and even less free time as I try to soak up every moment I can, face to face with those I haven’t seen for so long. I will read your wonderful blogs and respond to your comments when I get back home in a week. MT – I have scheduled another Sunday Song. We’ll see if I got the date right this time? Otherwise, you may be singing on Saturday again!)