So this weekend was the NATO Summit at Mccormick Place downtown. As I was coming back from work on Friday, I saw about 8 cops on every corner of every intersection I went past. I think I saw more cops in 3 blocks of downtown than I have seen in the past 3 years.
Then, I got out of downtown, and up into Wrigleyville, where there was a Cubs versus Sox game. Not only had the Sox won, so you had all the exuberant southsiders, and apparently NATO dignitaries were at the game, but it was 5pm on a Friday- Wrigleyville was swarming with people – people spilling out of the bars onto the streets, trike taxis taking up the whole road, and all I wanted to do was get by and get home.
Somehow, this made me think of the verse in Hebrews that goes like this:
“…let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”
We are so easily entangle in sin, just as it’s so easy to be trapped in traffic at 5pm on a game Friday in Wrigleyville. Just like I wanted to get home, but found people on every side blocking my way, so when we want to do right, we find evil is close at hand. Even when we are desperate to do the right thing, so often we end up doing what we hate instead. (Romans 7:20-21). What hope is there for us, then? Who will guide us through that which entangles us that we may go the distance Home?
But thanks be to God! Through Jesus we can run with endurance the race that is set before us. How do we get safely though the things that entangle? By fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)