Malachi 4:2 (ESV)
“But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.”
What is your destiny?
“Surely the day is coming,” wrote the Prophet Malachi. It was time for the Judeans to return to Jerusalem. The First Temple had been destroyed, ransacked and burned. When the Judeans returned they did not know what they may find. Not all returned. But for those who returned to Jerusalem there was much work to be done. Despite that destiny, Malachi described the response to the people returning for the tasks, “You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.” Such imagery reminds me of a meme I saw on the Internet of a beagle running across a grassy field with mouth agape and ears folded back as the excited canine leaped about with abandon, and the caption read, “Live like someone left the gate open.” I believe that is our privilege. I see the ancient Judeans returning to Jerusalem with a task at hand while filled with the excitement of again worshipping our God on that special place, that hill, the Second Temple, on the Temple Mount. This year I believe many churches will return to in-person worship. Mine will return on February 14, 2021. The community of Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church has the opportunity to return to our unique sanctuary on our mount, our “Pleasant Hill.” Thankfully, our MPPC “temple” is still standing and well cared for by a small group of dedicated people. The personal question remains for each of us, wherever we may worship: What is your destiny? Destiny lies ahead for those who leave and those who return. The diminished group of Judeans climbing that hill long ago accepted their destiny to bring back to life their Temple. Our diminished groups of worshippers will climb our own hills, both literally and figuratively. What is your destiny? Will you return or move on? Surely the day is coming. Destiny lies ahead for you.
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” William Shakespeare
“You have a destiny, one that only you can complete.” Rick Warren