In New Jersey while visiting our daughter and her family, I was able to use an indoor track much like this one. How great to get in a good power walk without worrying about the weather! The distance was simple to calculate and the surface was spongy and easy on the feet. The only inconvenience was the monotony. The views did not change and boredom could easily set in. The experience felt very repetitive as there was nothing new to see around the next turn.
Sometimes in my Christian walk I feel like I am going around in circles. The trials I have lived through in the past seem to repeat themselves. They may be repackaged just a bit, but I can still recognize them. It can feel frustrating as I thought I had sufficiently learned the lesson God wanted me to learn. Yet here I am again, seemingly going over the same ground.
In our verse for today, Paul is repeating a command. Rejoice! He had just said it, so did it really need repeating? Paul repeated himself several times in his letters (II Cor. 11:16, Gal. 1:9). Jesus Himself would repeat His words to emphasize a point (Matt. 18:19, 19:24 and John 10:7). What is true and important bears repeating!
I need to hear it again and again….”rejoice!” Repeating is an excellent way to make something stick. What I think I have learned needs to be reviewed and looked at from another angle and applied in a new situation. The Lord knows when and where and how I need something repeated. Nothing He teaches me is a waste of time. Trusting Him means trusting His lesson plan!
Keep me teachable Lord, even if I have heard it before!