The commercial tells me I can watch my favourite television show on my Smartphone. My cell phone isn’t very smart—I can only receive and make calls; not an app in sight. I can read text messages but haven’t taken the time to learn how to send them. The next commercial tells me that to get the full effect I need to watch my favourite program on a big-screen television. Once again I’m left behind—I’m content watching my favourite program on my almost-flat-screen 28” television set. Even though I buy gift certificates for my grandkids to download whatever it is they download to their ipods, I haven’t a clue what an ipod is or does. I would like to have an ipad but can’t justify the cost. My PC and my laptop adequately meet my needs. When I read, I hold a book not an e-reader in my hands. Yup, I’m a dinosaur, albeit, a very contented dinosaur.
I subscribe to Paul’s prescription for life: “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Philippians 4:11) and I am grateful. Being content is realizing God has already given me all I need…all I need for body and soul. I am blessed. I recognize this contentment is a gift from God.
My source of contentment is in my Saviour, Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, who suffered and died on the cross to redeem me, a lost and condemned sinner. In mercy He took what I deserved and paid my ransom. But the borrowed grave where His friends laid Him could not hold Him. Christ vacated the sealed tomb, rising again to life. Christ won the victory over sin, death and the grave and in His grace and mercy He gives me the victory. I share the hymn-writer’s sentiments, “I am Content! My Jesus Ever Lives” (LSB #468).
Think for a moment, if you dare, what your life would be like if you didn’t know that Jesus “purchased and won you from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death” (Luther’s Small Catechism). You would be dead in your sin; lost in eternal darkness never knowing the love, the forgiveness and salvation of your Heavenly Father. You would not know your heavenly Father who baptized you and called you His child.
Think for a moment, if you dare, what your life would be like without knowing Jesus as your Friend, your Guide; your Hope, without knowing His constant presence. Life has a way of turning upside down; not happening as planned; getting out of control. During these times I fuss and fume, rant and rave, accomplishing nothing but the raising of my blood pressure. And then I hear the words, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27)! Even though the situation is still topsy-turvy, these precious words of God bring me peace; contentment. If God has brought me to this particular situation, I am assured by His word that He will bring me through. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
Knowing Christ is the greatest of all knowledge. My prayer is that of Paul, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:10-11). Technologically I am a dinosaur; but in Him I have everything I need—I am rich. Thanks be to God, through His Word I know Christ; I know that in Christ I am His child—I am complete; I am content!
By Anne Taylor, a member of St. Luke LWMLC, Ottawa. Anne is assistant editor of Tapestry.
From Tapestry, Spring 2013. For more information about this magazine visit http://www.lutheranwomen.ca under the Publications and Forms tab. If you would like to write for the magazine don’t miss the information on coming themes and deadlines.