Have you ever put your hands or feet in wet sand and noticed the impression that you left? Take a moment to remember what that felt like and what it looked like. The places where you have traveled in your life, you have left an impression, a mark.
The words of these Old Testament prophets give us some guidance about ways that we can leave an impression that reflects God.
"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." (Amos 5:24)
"He has told you, O mortal, what is good: and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)
Do others see the face of Christ in the impressions or marks that we leave behind? What can you do this week to leave an impression that reflects God's love, justice, kindness, and humility?
Last week I had the privilege of going to Charlotte for continuing education for a couple of days. During that time I explored the ways that the arts and movement can help us deepen our connection with God and invite us to grow in our faith. I walked on several labyrinths while I was there and the movement during prayer was helpful for me to quiet my rapid internal dialogue and listen to God.
Following that experience I spent my weekly time with our senior adult Bible study group where we are currently studying Old Testament prophets. This week's study of Micah brought new meaning to a very familiar passage. The author, Carolyn J. Sharp's words struck me, "We live in that place between trust and lament, just as the prophet (Micah) did. Our broken world cries out for transformation today no less than in the days of Micah... the challenges facing us are daunting. But Micah shows us a way forward. He urges us to offer prophetic leadership, to engage Scripture faithfully, and to rely on the power of God that can be a paradox to us at times. Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God! These simple words can empower us for a lifetime of discipleship."
What will you do to leave an impression in the coming days or weeks?