You’ll remember playing with horseshoe magnets. When held one way they attract each other. When flipped, they repel. That fascinated me when I saw it as a boy. It was such a natural phenomena, both the attraction and the repelling.
Magnetic north makes sense once you’ve seen that. The compass became the navigational tool and ended a reliance on the stars. It was one of those things the Chinese came up with first.
We’ve recently had fellowship with some friends. We love these folks and sometimes, like flipped magnets, we disagree on some things. We can’t agree on everything all the time it seems. I guess we’re all aware of both the attraction and the repelling in those situations. Jesus, of course, would always have us be in the attraction, in love. In His prayer to the Father, He said as much. It is proof Jesus’ being sent by God the Father, He said.
In our world you have to give it your best in handling the natural and occasional repelling. I just tell myself – keep going – agree to disagree – don’t let it go to deep – trust in the Lord and not your own understanding. Get to the attraction. That’s the good thing.
Our Big Magnets, of course, is the Lord. We need to stay with that attraction.
How Jesus did it on the cross, I couldn’t even imagine. But thank God for the redemption.
I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. John 17:20-21 NKJ