I reached a new to me understanding of prayer and how it profoundly changed my place at the table, with my Friend.
Who do you trust? More to the point, who do you trust with your life? Is there anyone that you would place your very heartbeat within their hands, whereas if they made a mistake, you would no longer be alive?
On a cold winter's’ day, as the sun shines brightly in a clear blue sky and to find a place inside, at a window…warm; with the sun heating up, radiating through the panes as it heats my face like summer. A warm room with God.
Jesus knew that Peter would strive hard for what he perceived as a good and personally satisfying result. Yet what needed to be conveyed is that ‘good results’ may not be on Peter’s terms, so Jesus was direct to elucidate the matter.
This morning I recalled Kate and the testimony of healing she gave about being led to the healing rooms at Bethel in Redding. It was her last resort, as the doctors could not help, and the prescriptions didn't work. I was also reminded of the day in February 2009 when I sat in an examination room to await the next series of diagnostic procedures to find a solution to my physical ailments.
Jesus was not at the pool where he received sight, so the only way the healed man knew Him was by His distinctive and memorable voice. THAT voice was now right here with him. It came from a face with eyes of kindness and hope asking "Do you believe?"
Here at the home of a dead man Jesus is consoling Martha and asking one question, do you believe? With her statement and heartfelt acceptance Jesus could now proceed to do something impossible...make the dead un-dead.
As noted, my intent for writing is to say that God - and nothing else satisfies. No amount of popularity or riches, no things or activities even come close. God satisfies.
Worship is intimate.
Yes, it can get loud. But even in our moments of highest praise we are to remember WHO it is we worship. That ought to put us in our proper place... at His feet... in reverence of God Most High- the One who owns the universe and all that is in it.
Go for a walk with God and one can never be quite certain where He will take you. It’s just You and me here now...