I did it again – and I bet you will say ‘Me too!’
I tend to run ahead of myself and worry about the unknown and how the ‘next thing’ is going to turn out. I lose sleep, I get short tempered, I tend to blame those I love the most for my failures.
This is me in charge. I’m learning, ever so slowly, that I really don’t want to be in charge. I want to follow, but not a fallible way. No, I want to follow in a sure way knowing that the One leading knows the way, knows how, knows me.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3 NIV) There it is again, trust. Oh I am so like the man who wanted healing for his son and said to Jesus “if you can do anything”. The disciples’ eyes must have widened, they had seen many miracles. ” ‘If you can’ ? said Jesus. Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23 NIV) Then just like me – like you – the boy’s father cries out “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 NIV)
Right there with the boy’s father. I do believe – but this? Can you do even this?
When faced with myself in the uncertain times, I don’t want to listen to my heart, as many would counsel. I want to hear the heart of Him who works out all things. I like that God is called our ‘Rock’. That solid foundation, enduring strength. Just remind me again that I can “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.” (Isaiah 26:4 NIV)
Easter celebration is less than two weeks away. Those who wanted to be done with Jesus, to move on with their agendas and their power games, rolled a huge stone in front of His tomb, secured it, set guards, and went and celebrated His demise.
But the stones that Jesus made, the guards He gave life to, the rulers He gave power to – they couldn’t keep Him from rising.
And our doubts don’t hinder Him either. Oh heart, listen to this voice, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b NIV)
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