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Communion Meditations (2006)

Eye of the Hurricane

Originally delivered March 19

It is a fact:  there are those Christians out there who live in the eye of the hurricane.  Their kids grow up straight and strong.  The husband wouldn’t think of having an affair.  His wife doesn’t want to run off.  Most of all, their lives seem dull, ordinary and unexciting.  And they like it that way.  There aren’t too many of these folks, but any good sized church will be able to find a few.

What may seem curious to you is that these folks do have their share of other peoples’ burdens.  Rudyard Kipling referred to them as the Sons of Martha.  The Sons of Mary lay their troubles on the Lord—and the Lord, He lays them on the Sons of Martha.  Somehow, the desperate children of the Lord seem to find their way to Martha’s door.

Have you ever wondered how it is that these people keep such a calm life?  The answer is simple:  they are obedient to their Lord’s command.  He put it this way:

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. "And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.

(Mat 7:24-25 NASB)

The Sons of Martha are those who have built their lives upon the rock which is Christ.  In the hurricane is chaos, damage and danger.  The rock is in the eye of that hurricane; those who live there cling to that rock—and take strength in doing it.

But is it possible that anyone could be that obedient?  How could anyone have a life like that without going astray sometime?  Consider it this way:  you can’t be obedient all your life; you know that.  But could you be obedient for an hour?  How about a day?  As much as a week?  That’s all you really need, you know.  For each week He tells you to examine yourself, then take of His supper.  The bread is your strength and sustenance; the wine is your antiseptic and anesthetic.  By His strength He sustains you; He cleanses you from all sin as you confess it to Him.  He gives you comfort—the sweet comfort of knowing that you are God’s child, and welcome.

Often the Sons of Martha really can’t explain how it works.  They just know that it does.  Obedience to God’s command is often like that.  His way is perfect, He tells us.  Even the most obedient and prayerful of Christians would tell you that there are times when the perfection of His way is anything but visible.  He told you His way is perfect; He never promised that you’d understand how.  Cling to the Rock;  the hurricane has no power over it. 

Lord, as we eat the bread and take the cup, turn our hearts to you.  Turn our faces to the Rock of Ages, so that we may find our cleft in the rock—and watch the hurricane from within the eye.

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