As the days wind and point towards Easter,
I am spending time reading the Gospels.
Looking for Jesus in ways that I may never have
I am putting myself in the text and seeing who I look like.
Already it has been a humbling journey.
Could I be like Joseph, setting aside appearances to submit
I see Herod in me.
I can be extreme.
I can let emotion trump reason.
I can desire attention for myself.
I watched Peter, Andrew, James and John this morning.
I thought about how they abandoned what they were doing,
the fishing, the mending and family ties
to follow Jesus.
They left their livelihood, identity and
attachments to quickly follow.
Do I remember the day that I stopped my fixing and
dropping everything to follow?
Does my following have the same intensity today?
Have I allowed other attachments and affections to
slow down my race to be with Him?
Come to Me.
The men from the East took a detour after they had been beckoned
The path changes when we come face to face with Jesus.
Herod could have chosen reverence over rivalry
and been set free from a prison of jealousy,
but he refused.
He chose widespread death over abundant life.
Today I can come in spite of all the different natures
that reside in me.
I refuse to look to the left or the right.
I make it my aim to keep my eyes firmly fixed on
Him and to follow
May your every gaze at Jesus deepen your love
and desire to follow close.
I enjoyed looking over this list of Lenten ideas.
Take a look.