The “suddenly” moments. “Suddenly” a leper shows up in a massive crowd. Doesn’t that seem a bit odd? If lepers came too close to people, stones were thrown at them out of fear of contamination. How is it that a leper could possibly get close to Jesus unnoticed, when he is pressed by the crowds?
Scripture describes You as fully human. You would have to be fully vulnerable to the most alluring choices; the easiest choice; the most self-honouring choice, especially given the circumstance of being in need of everything. If this experience occurred in order to reveal Your strength, it is a real possibility that You were not yet aware of the strength of the bond You shared with the Godhead. How would You have known that before this? It would have to be, to a degree, theory for You. If You have never experienced the vulnerability of separation, how would You know that the strength would be available?
Tell me again Jesus, how does that work? God, from beyond physical boundaries, places Himself within his creation so that Creator and created can meet at eye-level. ~ Jesus, you realize, I’ve been told my whole life that it was all about the ending. It is all about you reconciling all things to yourself (Colossians 1:15-20). And that is why I struggle with the need for 33 years. You could have sacrificed yourself in a much shorter timeframe.
“So if God is such a loving God, how could he, in the Old Testament, command the slaughter of innocent babies and women and every living thing?” And with that, his laughter was more of a closing statement. “I’ve got you and you know I’m right.”
Worse yet, I felt he did have me, even though I was convinced he was wrong.
I said, “Whoa, that’s profound.” When I live in guilt instead of forgiveness, it will continually say, “This is as good as you get. You are no better than this. You could have had that, but…If only you had done this… but…” “You always do that. You’re never gonna change.” Guilt will tell you all about your weakness. It makes us feel small. It declares me a failure in some degree. It never celebrates my dignity and worth. It always tells me that I fell short; I screwed up; “If I had just been stronger…” Guilt points out my deficiencies. And when I listen to guilt, I cannot love who I am; the person that God made in his image and likeness.
The lie around Sabbath is that we can’t stop before the work is done. The work will never get done. The urgency of the situation never diminishes for long. We don’t wait till it is convenient to stop. We stop and listen to the voice of Holy Spirit because we cannot afford to be making decisions when our spirit is tired and worn down. It leads to striving and it places heavy expectations upon our staff. Sabbath is God’s gift to us; not our obligation to him. Understand again who it is we are talking about and listening to.
“It’s not your location that determines the quality and content of what you hear. It is the filter you choose to apply. You can be in the most oppressive of sounds and still be able to hear my voice. I AM the voice behind the noise. Life is about learning to hear what most others miss. I’ve mentioned this ability often. If you have ears to hear, then listen ~ you will hear the intended, the authentic, the sound from which all creation formed.”
In a time when no one knew the earth was a sphere; when no one knew about the poles to the north and south, God established an East/West continuum.
I’ve been told most of my life that I should find my delight in you. I’m adapting to the thought that you might find your delight in me. I’ve travelled through too many years of performance to readily grasp that the ‘me without the performance’ is all that you want.
“I think people need to realize that they can’t kill the Source of Life. Kinda like trying to break jello or squeeze mercury. Life is my domain. No one else controls it. They just steward it for their season on earth and then they return to me.”