What is the will of God?
When do we stop and They begin?
What agency do we have
in view of Their omniscience?
Surely we are called to account
for our actions
and nothing goes unseen.
Let me explore Your mystery, LORD,
and obey Your will,
for regardless of where I start and You begin,
You are the Alpha and the Omega,
the true beginning and end.
All things return to You
in reverence and awe,
in respect of all that You Are.
Read: Mark 8:27-30
So Jesus is walking down the road one day. He stops, turns to His disciples, and says, “who do you say I am? Some people say this, some people say that, and some people say something else; but, you, what do you think?” Peter gives a stellar response, worthy of any top Sunday school or Bible class. Then, Jesus, satisfied, turns and keeps walking.
Another day, Jesus TELLS the disciples who He is and what is going to happen to Him and Peter will have nothing to do with it. Jesus rebukes Peter and, again, keeps walking.
I love that, as we walk farther along with Jesus, He will continually check in, always asking who we think He is. Or better yet, He will ask why we are even here. The options are many. Sometimes our responses are stellar. Sometimes they are still brewing, works in process. Sometimes, they aren’t simpatico, don’t quite vibe, with Jesus’ will and person.
This is a personal journey. Jesus does not ask us to delegate our response to a friend or family member or religious leader. He asks us individually (also corporately, if applied to a singular body), who we think He is and why we are here? He listens. Then He discusses. He cares about the response. For Him, there is a right and wrong answer, but He wants to know where we stand first.
So, who is Jesus to you? Why are you at His side? Be honest. No points for brown nosing. He wants you as you are. He can work with us from there.
My wife is a genius.
Victoria’s Secret used to send us ads with every now and again, usually with a “Free Panty” coupon attach. Of course, the idea is, if you come in and cash it in, you would end up buying something while you were there, whether out of impulse or guilt.
But my wife will not be fooled. She walks in, gets her swag, and leaves with a pink pouch of victory in tow.
Life will always present you with opportunities. The temptation is always to get greedy with them or shy away from them, but there is a third alternative: the quiet strength that empowers you to walk up, claim your destiny, and gracefully walk away.
The choice is yours. The coupon is ready.
Thank you God for the job I have,
the chance to recoup the losses,
regain the wealth I so foolishly squandered.
Yet, even still, I miss people,
hearing their stories,
making eye contact with the living.
If it is possible, return me to my former self,
or better even, if it is Your will.
I’m leveled by a simple question:
who are you really?
The answer changes, but the asking is so helpful.