Daily Reflection: Boarding School | Galatians 4:1-2
And here’s the point. You can be an heir to millions and be all set to rule the roost, but while you’re a minor, you’re still just a runt strapped with rules and enslaved with duties, answering to nannies and then shipped off to boarding school, jumping through the endless hoops of external requirements and expectations. Until the day you finally grow up and reach maturity according to dad’s timetable,
not yours. Galatians 4:1-2 |MAV
I suppose it’s not just the wealthy with the burdens of prep and boarding school. We all no doubt know something about having life and all “the goods” dangled in front of us – and then having to deal with all the hoops and hurdles to get there. If we ever get there. Often it seems there’s no end to the hoops! Too often this is how Jesus is sold to us. We have this marvelous end game, the glorious finish line of heavenly, eternal bliss, only to have the obstacle course of religion placed before us. And like mice having to work through the maze to get to the cheese, we spend our days working through the maze of religion, trying to figure out where the walls are, what the rules might be, trying desperately not to get lost, to keep going, as we forever press on, hoping that in the sweet by and by we finally make it to the cheese. It’s a bad sell. As Paul transitions into this second “thinking” chapter of his letter, he shows us the maze that all of humanity has been struggling through in all our different but common ways – and then turns our gaze to the Son, who offers not a way out, let alone another maze of his own for us to navigate. The hoops and hurdles are gone. He places us on a path of wide open fields, cheese waiting to be found all along the way, and he tells us to be free. This is the way, he beckons. Walk in it. And that’s amazing.
Where in your life do you most identify with the image of being lost in an eternally frustrating maze? How might you trade the maze for amazement? How might he be showing you to move through or out of the maze?
Abba, I would trade the frustrating maze of life, religion, and my performance for your amazing grace. Set me free from hoops and hurdles self-imposed or placed on me by others. Set my heart free to embrace the liberating reality of your grace today.
During these next weeks we are processing Galatians 3-4, be making your way through Abraham’s story in Genesis 12-25. This week you might also tack on Exodus 19-24.
For all of this week’s resources on Galatians including this week’s DG video on Galatians, check out the Vineyard website.