Wednesday Word 1.31.2018

Mark 1:35-39
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

“Everyone is looking for you!” Some things never change. When we want something, we call out for Jesus. When we are worried or fearful, we cry out his name. When we are angry, we demand to know why. When we are in pain, we beg Jesus for mercy. The thing is…God wants to hear from us in every circumstance.

What we need to remember is to call on him when we are pleased with an outcome. We need to exclaim our gratitude when we are filled with joy. We need to whisper his name when we are speechless over some scene of great beauty. We need to praise his Holy Name for no apparent reason at all. A lot.

Jesus took on our human condition. He took himself away from the crowd in order to spend quiet moments with his Father. Even the Son of God sought guidance and received encouragement from his Father. By keeping that dialogue open, Jesus was able to focus on his mission in the midst of everything going on around him and fulfill the purpose for which he came. If we follow his example, we might just be able to do the same…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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