Update and Personal Note 2011-8
by Fred Pruitt
September 7, 2011
‘Though we still have a couple of weeks until the arrival of the Autumnal Equinox here in the northern hemisphere, for all practical purposes summer is over. Now fall is here with all its hustle and bustle, and the renewed vitality of the season’s change, as we are carried headlong into the deep darkness of winter, Christmas, and the end of 2011. The sunlight already has a different cast to it, the leaves are starting to change, and the temperatures are falling. Only four days ago, it was 97 F (36 C) here. Yesterday it was 61 F (16)! In only a day, I have already switched from shorts to trousers, from t-shirts to sweaters and jackets.
Oh, those of us here in the Southeast US know the heat will return for a few hurrahs, and this little dip is only a foretaste of things to come. But we get it, Autumn is coming; it is inexorable; there is no going back. The seasons teach us of temporal life, which never goes back, never returns to the mythical “good ol’ days, the days of “remember when.” If we are continually caught back in “the day,” fighting change on every hand, always wishing for that which came before, we are trying to swim upstream against a flow as strong as the Niagara River. Living as if “back then” was great, and nothing better can ever come, is part of the almost infinite sadness that grips us in this temporal world.
But thank God, we do not live there if we are in Christ! No, no way, for where our heart is, there is our treasure, and our treasure is the Solid Rock that never fails, Eternal in the heavens, instead of the shifting, drifting, and finally failing sand of time! We have learned that house cannot stand – the winds will blow it away, the waters will ravage it, and no matter how long it takes, one day that temporal house will dissolve into nothingness. If all our hopes are there, if all our bets are on that horse, we will only know loss, sadness, and futility.
But again, THANK GOD, because like our brother Paul, we have learned that we are “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, [and are pressing] toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Why is there “no going back?” Because the BEST is always ahead. There is no end to God, and there is no end to His Love, and there is no end to the expansion of His Eternal Creation, of which we are Co-heirs with Jesus, so that all that is His, is ours also! This is incomprehensible, but He has told us that this is so, and so we believe His promises!
Further, there is no end to it, no past, no “behind,” but only an eternal progression and expansion of Love, Grace and Joy.
That is what we have signed on for. Blessings upon blessings upon blessings!
So in that light, how do we look to our immediate future. For me and for many others, a great season of our lives is ending this month – the Annual Louisville Reunion at the homes of John and Linda Bunting, and Wade and Harriet Wearren. It started with a few folks, about 40 I think, in the Bunting’s home in 1974, and has quite literally changed the world! There is no end to considering all that has come from it: more conferences all over the United States, England and Canada and other places, too; magazines; books; websites and blogs; outreaches of various and numerous kinds; fellowship among folks with no common backgrounds or viewpoints; worldwide communion; and true “miracles, signs and wonders!” And the most important of all, those individual precious human persons, eternally affected directly and indirectly, who have become as countless as the Seed of Abraham, “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.” (Gen 15:5)
Certainly, there is some sadness of all the memories we have of those days. Many of us have been together since our youth and are approaching older age now. We met when our children were small, bonded in love without even realizing it, and we have watched each others live change and grow, so that now many of us are grandparents and great-grandparents.
Janis and I certainly had no idea of any of that when we first walked up that hill to the tent at the top in September 1981. We knew absolutely no one, except a little old man we had met in Georgia who invited us, a fellow named Norman. He had seized us (unknowingly) with his Joy, an inexplicable Joy, that at the time we didn’t know we already had. But because of that Joy, we were willing to drive seven hours from our home, to spend money we couldn’t afford to spend, to be with people we had never met, who would afterward prove to be part of that lifelong Joy that Norman radiated without effort – “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” (Heb 11:8) I KNOW Abraham was glad he obeyed and went, and so are we! O what an inheritance, that is still just in its foretaste days! Simply because of this glorious foretaste, it is not a hard thing to grasp Paul’s great word of an inheritance that is “exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think.” (Eph 3:20)
So what, then, is coming next? Only each of us individually know.
For me, there is only an advance. A re-committal to continue, to never retreat, to never retire, but only to press forward.
It might seem our activity is small. It is a temptation to me to believe that. It might seem I don’t get the things done I say I am going to do. It has been a temptation to me to believe that, too. How many “things” have I announced in my emails and websites, plans, actions, etc., that we are yet to see in fulfillment? To me, it seems like a whole bunch.
The devil tells me I am a man who does not do what he says. When one is down and low, it is easy to believe that. So I have bought into that from time to time.
But the Lord has reminded me that I have not said or promised these things of only “myself.” I have no “self-life” apart from Him. What I have said and promised, is what HE has said and promised. And what HE says and promises, HE brings to pass!
So there we are. The Lord jerked me up short on that recently. Things seemed to be going nowhere. There wasn’t much activity. “Interest” from others seemed to wane. It was easy to languish in all that.
But like the lepers at the gate of the city, we rise up and say, “Why sit we here until we die? … And they rose up …” (2 Kings 7; 3,5)
So we rise up as well. “HERE WE ARE LORD, SEND US!”
Shall we not go?
And that is the end of it. Things are on the move. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.
A Little Business
Please visit our blog https://thesingleeye.wordpress.com, and send it to others if you will. There have been quite a few changes in the recent past, many new posts, additions and new features. It changes almost daily. (Also, all those “things I said I would do” are contained in all the previous “Updates” stored on the blog in the Updates category – left sidebar, in case anyone wants to believe with me!)
Our former website, “The Single Eye,” we decided to let go since we were no longer updating it. The fees came up again for the webhosting and domain name, and it seemed no longer appropriate to keep it. It went down a few weeks ago without my realizing it. That resulted in quite a few links on the blog not working anymore, because I had used the old website to host a lot of files that were not stored anywhere else. Turned out I lost them.
But not to worry! Though I got a little fluffed when I realized that the “Support” link had not worked for weeks, as well as all the “Printable” links I had added for ease of printing my lengthy articles, those are all fixed now and the explanation and new working links are on the left sidebar of the blog pages. All ok and BETTER than before!
So, folks, friends, acquaintances, saints of God – there it is for this update. On we go!