In a laudable act of entente cordiale between countries once at war, precision engineers sheared their respective ways from Calais and Folkestone to build their underground causeway, meeting in the middle exactly where they should. But how do we fare when folks pick up stones to mock and denounce our every move? Do we find ways to set up blocks – or do we look for ways to clear whatever is blocking the pathways of our heart?
From your perspective it is so very easy to hold your present view. Who on earth could dispute the facts or unpick your logic? But could it be that you may have not allowed for this one deeper thing: the Lord is at work at both ends!
So when you are tempted to presume your assumings are facts, and keep uncomfortable thoughts on hold as you mould your perspective into a firm stronghold, beware of maligning all who query your well rehearsed theory. Rather than seeking to prove that you are in the right right right, and that some other is therefore in the wrong wrong wrong – remember this simple sign that aligns with the heart of the King: the Lord is at work at both ends!
Only I know the regrets that lie beneath folk’s stoney-faced sternness, the hidden pains that afford Me the chance to send grace upon grace their way, but which perhaps constrain Me from sending quite so much blessing your way – and all because you did not quite trust or believe that I was at work at their end too.
It’s not too late to adjust your course and to marvel how grace without favour is shown to all who will but glance at Me. Does this seem fair to you, in the grip of your own self-righteousness – or rather an utterly unmerited extravagance?
So let me ask you this, dear chaffing campaigning one, are you in danger of forgetting My Kingdom ways? As I set before you this call to forgiveness, is it not time to lay down your well rehearsed facts and to unfurl this banner sign: the Lord is at work at both ends!
And when you are tempted to present your feelings as facts,
and to shape and squeeze those facts to suit your learily cheery theories – not minding in the least how much you denigrate your denigrators in the bid to prove that you are right – just remember this simple phrase: the Lord is at work at both ends!