Our time line is different than God’s. We have all been in our houses longer than we want. We continue to pray and wait for God to act in supernatural ways. I fluctuate between contentment and restlessness. How can I learn to wait better?
Today we are looking at two sisters who asked in faith, but Jesus didn’t follow their timeline. Their names are Mary and Martha and their story is found in John 11:1-53.
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What were the disciples struggling with. (vs. 8, 16) For a background on why they felt so strongly look at John 8:58-59 and John 10:24-31.
Notice the two different responses of the Jews in verses 45-46. Which group am I in?
How did the chief priests and Pharisees respond when they got the report. (vs. 47-48) What were they worried about? What was their ultimate goal? (vs. 53, 57)
Our hope is plainly laid out in verses 25-26. Take note of what it is. What have I been focused on these past weeks? What is my ultimate goal?
There are so many layers here. Take your time.
Two days ago Lake Michigan was dark and brooding.
Spring has been hard on the shoreline. Big sections of the beach are underwater. Crashing waves have taken bites out of the dunes, hungrily ripping some trees out by their roots.
The fallen trees emphasized the mood of the day. I was discouraged…tired…
Two days later the lake’s mood had shifted.
The sun was warming our faces and there was no wind to speak of.
The lake was one with the sky. Only a sliver of white separated them.
It was as if God had used a pallet knife to put the clouds in place, just so.
We found comfort in the stillness.
God uses every means available to Himself to reassure us of His presence and care.
Today we will be looking at someone who was reassured by an angel. Her name is Mary and her story is found in Luke 1:26-51.
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Her world was about to be turned upside down. Notice her response.
Notice what the angel says to her that calms her spirit.
Verses 47-56 give quite a description of God. Take comfort in who He is.
All for now.