Who You Gonna Call?

“If there’s something strange, in the neighborhood, who you gonna call?”

The above lyric is from the theme song of Ghostbusters.  I loved the Ghostbuster cartoons and movies when I was young and I even had the toy “Ghostbuster Proton” backpack with the roll out Ghost trap.  Oh the imagination of my childhood!  Come to think of it, I feel I could be a type of Ghostbuster today, but that is a whole other story.

This Ghostbusters lyric came to me today after I had read the following passage.

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice…” –            (1 Peter 4:12)

The context of this verse was to encourage believers to rejoice when they were hassled for living, speaking and serving their God.  It was to give them proper perspective and can help us get perspective today.  So, I ask the question.  If there is something strange in your neighborhood, whom do you call?

Strangeness has a way of causing confusion for many.  Believers must be comfortable with strangeness until it becomes normal.  Whether it is by people’s judgments of us or by the way God moves beyond human reasoning in our lives, strangeness should become familiar.  Strangeness is to train us to understand God’s ways, mans ways, and our responses to them.

So the next time there is something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?  If it is God, He will orchestrate peace, joy, security and understanding in your life.  This is only if you are not surprised by what is happening.  Not being surprised reveals the deep glory that rests upon our life.  We are responsible to live towards the impossible until what’s possible becomes familiar to us.  May we be full of the joy of surprise and not the fear of it.  But if you are surprised…

Who you gonna call?

-PH

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