Micah Makes Sense

A few weeks ago, I did something that I have not done in ages.

I sat out on my back deck, late in the evening, with all the house lights off…and did nothing but gaze up into the night heavens.

I probably spent a little less than an hour out there, but it was amazing how I had forgotten how therapeutic that can be. In fact, I bet if more people did that on a regular basis that nearly a third of the worlds problems would be solved.

Well, ok…maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but it could be a step in the right direction.

It’s hard not to reflect on the words of the psalmist who wrote:

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him

There’s just something about meditating and reflecting on something that is ‘bigger than you’ that helps put life in perspective. Watching a few shooting stars and staring into the eternal galaxies has this unique way of making your own problems seem just a tad smaller.

At some point during that period of time on the deck, I found myself asking what is it that God really wants of us; And a verse found in a small old testament book has been rolling through my mind ever since. It is found in the writings of Micah where he wrote:

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women.It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously

(I like the way it is written in The Message, but you can read other versions of it in Micah 6:8.)

Then not many days after that night, a good friend of ours in Colorado was killed in a very freak horse accident. This tragic news came on the heels of receiving word about a local young man who was killed in a car accident on his way home from work. He was married to a young lady we’ve known for years…a former classmate of Melinda’s. They had just found out she was pregnant with their first child and before the week was out, she was making burial plans for the man she figured she would grow old together with.

~sigh~ Life can be so fleeting….

 

I have to admit, there’s a lot about God I don’t know…nor understand.

 

Sometimes I miss those days when I was younger and knew all the answers.

 

But the more I think about this nugget I found in Micah, the more it makes sense to me. Seems to me that if we could just

master those three things…that we’d be doing pretty good: “Doing Justly, Loving Mercy, and walking humbly with our God.”

 

There’s no need for me to expound on that verse and try to ‘explain’ what it means. I’ll leave that exercise up to you . It would

be more meaningful anyway if you found your ‘own handle’ on it. But don’t wait too long before the cold air drives you indoors

for the winter. Find a quiet evening soon where you can sit out away from all the distractions of life and enjoy the scenery from

above that shines down on us every night.

 

Oh…and don’t forget to turn the lights off.