But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
The sun was shining through pitted windows upon my lap as the car “raced” down the street going almost 22 mph. My “Meme” was driving, a wonderfully older woman with soft features and an even softer touch, but I couldn’t help but shade my face with my hand in embarrassment as the other cars flew by. Within fifteen minutes, four people had honked at us and had given crude jesters that are unmentionable. My impatience was actualized as I challenged Meme to drive “just a little faster …”
I believe that our culture has lost its concept of the holiness of God, and this is stemmed from our loss of respect for those whom are older. Think about it, when was the last time you were driving and saw that a senior was the cause of the traffic you had been behind and smiled in apathetic reaction. No, if you are anything like me, you say something more along the lines of “figures,” rather than smile.
When we view holiness, we have an underlying knowledge of something else. For instance, in order to truly grasp something, it must be compared to something familiar— something we can hold on to. That something that we can hold on to that leads us to an idea of holiness is respect, stemmed from our interactions with those who have “earned it.” But coming from someone in our culture, I have been bred to believe that “older” people no longer lend a helping hand in life, but are seen as a hindrance, especially when driving a car.
When respect is understood in the growing connotation of the post-modern culture that has engulfed our generation, it can only be seen as relative. It must be earned precisely the way each individual defines it. Respect matters not from title or position, nor any longer from history or actions; respect is up to the individual who sees himself or herself with the power to dictate and proportionate that respect.
And so we have this concept of God where He too needs to “earn” our respect. We must reclaim the holiness of God, we must begin to swim in the unfathomable waters of the most Holy God. We view ourselves much higher than we should. We so often judge God’s action against what we want, and if the two wills do not line up together, our respect and concept of holiness is tainted. We need to stop yelling at God who is driving our lives, “just a little faster,” and start smiling in trust and understanding. God is in control, and He is a Holy God indeed.
Father, remind me what it means to be holy. I am grateful for your holiness and the way that you work in my life.