“… and as He was accustomed, He taught them AGAIN”
“Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him…”
“And He said to them, ‘what do you want me to do for you?’ ”
“Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.”
“What do you want me to do for you?”
“Go your way; your faith has made you well”
Could you kindly take a good 5 minutes to read these phrases over and over again?
There’s this little habit of mine that makes me end up buying Bibles whenever I walk into a Bible shop, just because.
Three years back, It was a purple Bible. I deemed it fit since purple is my favorite color. 2 years ago, I wanted to add a different translation to my collection. Last Christmas, ChristianBooks.com was having an amazing sale and I just couldn’t afford to pass that up!
My heart has been a
little (more like a LOT) on the tender side lately. I naturally don’t need permission to cry; I’m such a cornball so this shouldn’t be news. haha! In times like this, it is ever so easy to focus on the ways that you feel hurt, unappreciated, deprived, sad, etc.
With each passing day, I am falling a lot more in Love with the ONE still and sure voice that has brought me this far. God’s voice does not relent; and I have learned that if it so happens that I can’t seem to hear it anymore, it’s because I am on the wrong path.
I studied the book of Mark back in January and took note of the first few phrases of this post. I cannot, for the life of me, read them without tearing up. I believe that sometimes in order to understand the depth of God’s Love for us, we need to allow these stories – that have been documented for years now- to resonate.
I would say ‘I absolutely love the book of Mark’, but how surprising would that be, given that I find myself “absolutely loving” everything! Point is, this book gave me a whole new insight on Love. Love doesn’t grow weary. It accommodates. It pardons. It teaches the flesh to let go and let be.
I wonder if it ever occurred to multitudes that Jesus might just want some alone time; that He had needs that had to be met. They never asked for permission, never considered if He might perhaps have other things to do.They just kept gathering, seeking to be taught. Being the Good (GOOD!!) Teacher He is, He never sent them away. He never rescheduled. The Bible says He was accustomed for that. That was His very nature.
Every time I go back to those phrases up there, I’m reminded of this one special, yet mostly forgotten fact: “He makes EVERYTHING alright!”. He never grows weary of me. My questions don’t weigh Him down. My cluttered life does not frustrate Him. He accommodates every part of me. He wants me. All of who He is, is all of what I get! He doesn’t have to switch moods for me. He is Love; He is who I crave.
And He asks me to learn from Him. To give all of what He has placed in me, seeking none but Him in return. Life doesn’t get forgiving, and it never gets easy dealing with my feelings. But His Grace in me was, is, and forever will be built to face it all.
“Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him…”.
….Like Jesus, I’m learning to look at it all…. AND LOVE!
I love this Gem of a Creator and King!