What Can We Count On?

My watch doesn’t work.

It’s a good watch too… a water-proof, stainless steel watch with a tide clock so I always know what the tide is… in case I want to go surfing 🙂

You see, about 4 times a year it stops for 20 minutes, an hour, or maybe two… and then starts up again like nothing was ever wrong. This may not seem like a big deal until you realize that, when it does stop, I may not know that it had stopped… and I can go about my day 20 minutes, an hour, or maybe two, LATE.

I cannot count on it… and therefore cannot use it seriously. I can’t risk missing meetings, planes, or getting the kids off the bus stop… all because of it’s malfunction that only occurs 4 times out of every 365.

We put up with too much of that kind of unreliability in life. Whether it is from other people, businesses we have to deal with, or even in ourselves… it seems like we can never really count on anything or anyone. That’s a hard way to live!

Jesus makes mention of it in Luke’s Gospel (12:54-56):

“When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

When we can see a regular pattern or routine in the times of life (whether they be connected to people, places, or things) we can believe, plan, and rely. Jesus invited his followers and opponents alike to watch and see that all he taught and did would be reliable enough to build a new life upon.

Do you think he’s right?