The Unfinished Furrow

I recently noted in a previous devotional that I have been trying to reorganize my Preaching File. In that endeavor, I have discovered another note to myself. It spoke to me, again. I am pleased to share it with you.

Luke records an intriguing statement from the lips of Jesus:  “And Jesus said unto him, ‘No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back is fit for the Kingdom of God.’” (Luke 9:62)

We are fascinated by unfinished stories whose close is not well marked. Charles Dickens left an unfinished novel. We have Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. Many of us listened intently to Paul Harvey’s ‘The Rest of the Story.’

The Gospels abound in unfinished stories. Many people flash across the page, then disappear. They leave us wondering what happened next. For example, did the traveller to Jericho and the Good Samaritan maintain a friendship formed on the road that day?  Or, did the older son in the parable of the Prodigal Son ever reconcile with his younger brother? Jesus simply indicated in these stories the RIGHT PATH and left it there. My job as a disciple of Jesus is to get on the right path and stay there. No turning back. No looking back.

 Keep me from turning back!
My hand is on the plow, my faltering hand.
But all in front of me is untilled land,
The wilderness and the solitary place,
The lonely desert with its interspace
The handles of my plow with tears are wet.
The shares with rust are spoiled and yet,
My God! My God! Keep me from turning back.

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