Molasses In January (5/29/15)

Read: 2Samuel 14:1-15:22, John 18:1-24, Psalm 119:97-112, Proverbs 16:8-9

All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him. (2 Samuel 14:14)

Boston Molasses Disaster

Relate: A hundred years ago, before the advent of high fructose corn syrup, molasses was the primary food sweetener. It was also used to make rum and other alcoholic beverages. Molasses was in high demand. In Boston, the Purity Distilling Company had a large molasses storage vat 50 feet high and 90 feet in diameter. After a few days of freezing temperatures, on January 15 it shot up over 40. The molasses in that vat began expanding and some time shortly after noon, the vat burst.

When I have been exceptionally slow or lazy my mom has told me that I am moving “slower than molasses in January”. I wish I knew what happened next back then so I could throw it right back at her. A wave of this molasses in January flowed through the streets at speeds over 30 miles an hour. A hundred fifty people were injured and 21 were crushed or drowned. If you’re gonna die… what a sweet way to go.

React: We all die. The woman speaking to David says, “Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground.” In the last of his letters before his death Paul says he is being poured out like a drink offering. Poured out. Spilled out. The first is intentional. It has purpose. The latter is an accident. It comes as a sudden surprise. Every day I have lived in my life is a day that I can never get back. Like water on the ground, I cannot recover it. The question is, did I pour it out or was it spilled out? The day I am living today, the one I will live tomorrow, am I investing it with purpose or am I just accidentally tripping my way through it?

Perhaps the greatest example of a life lived with purpose is Jesus. No. Not perhaps. It is the greatest example. Everything Jesus did, everything He said, everywhere He went, was for one purpose. All of His healings, all of His teachings, His stories, and actions were all subservient to that goal. Ultimately Jesus was the way devised to bring back those that were separated from God. The greatest purpose I can have, the best way for my life to be poured out is to believe and accept what He has done… and then emulate it.

Response: 

Like molasses in January, I pray for Your Spirit to be poured out in my life and my community. I ask that You would come like a flood. Let a wave of Your presence crash through our mundane lives in such a way that those around cannot not notice. I pray that You would become the subject of conversation wherever two people gather. Help me to invest my life towards this purpose with every day that is poured out. I’m Your’s Lord, use me as You will.

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About BJ Richardson

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." And then it continues with a second step, and another after that. The journey of a thousand miles requires over two million steps, each taken one after another. It is easy to begin. It is more difficult to continue, day by day, step by step, moment by moment. The River Walk exists as an encouragement and motivator to keep walking. It is a daily devotional, it is a mirror reflecting what God is showing me as I walk with Him. Will you walk with me, following Him, along this journey?

12 comments

  1. What an awesome piece. Thanks – I really felt it was great timing for me to read (I have two speeds. Slow and slower), so I can relate.
    Bless you lots,
    Easter

  2. worth ,God bless us all :)

  3. Amen. A blessing to my soul

  4. Great post and excellent song! THANKS!

  5. Thanks for sharing! God Bless!

  6. I’m thinking that God is trying to get my attention with this verse since our pastor preached on it last night. thanks!

  7. Pingback: SOME POUR THEMSELVES OUT SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT NOT BE SPILLED OUT | Citizen Tom

  8. Amen! LORD, use me as an offering, pour me out and use me where you need me!

  9. Hi BJ, I loved this post and quoted some of it in a story I wrote for the faith site Patheos. You can see it here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wakeupcall/2013/06/i-thought-i-was-moments-from-death-and-it-jolted-me-back-to-life/ Keep up the great work. ~Tom

  10. Pingback: Since we don’t know when we’re going to die, maybe we should get busy living.

  11. Pingback: Since we don’t know when we’re going to die, maybe we should get busy living. | The Inner Way

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