The Lord works in mysterious ways, right? I’m sitting here on my couch, thinking primarily — I admit — about my novella and how exciting I find writing it to be. But, I’ve also just written my morning note on Grace Partakers and I was thinking how disappointing it is not to have people flocking to read my blogs — ah, the specter of self-pity!
But, immediately I imagine John the Baptist wandering around out beyond the Jordan River, eating honey and — was it thistles? — wearing animal skins? Sometimes, old movies interfere with reality. I can’t remember.
And, I think maybe I should write about John the Baptist, but I say, “no, he did have people flocking to him, remember silly!” So, I flip through my bible and sure enough, I read:
“Go out, go out through the gates; prepare a way for the people! Build it up, build up the highway; clear away the stones! Raise a banner for the peoples. Look, the Lord proclaims to the ends of the earth, ‘Say to the Daughter Zion: Look, your salvation is coming, His reward is with Him.’ And they are called the Holy People, the Lord’s Redeemed; and you are called Cared For, A City Not Deserted.” (Isaiah 62:10-12, HCSB)
Now, I don’t know how long John wandered around out beyond the Jordan River. But, his life could not have been an easy one. From even before he was born, he knew Jesus having met Him when he was still in his mother’s womb. He grew up, I am certain, knowing exactly the kind of life he would lead, and probably the kind of treachery and death he would face. He knew his role was to decrease while Jesus’ role was to increase.
This is the role many of us — as blogging Christians — have taken: to decrease while Jesus increases. I confess my occasional — maybe frequent — and strong desire for recognition, praise, glory; then I remember Who called me to these little notes in the first place and I defer to Him, the Lord of Glory.
May God receive all the glory for He is worthy all the time.