Ever had a glimpse of God? When Jesus came into a city long ago, people who had only a glimpse of him dropped everything to follow him. They chased him, singing and praising him. How we respond to the glimpses we get of God is our topic for today. The bible reading for this message is Mark 11:1-10.
I woke up last Tueday with a stomache. “It’ll pass,” I thought. It did- with the help of a surgeon. I had appendicitis.
Now, I know appendendectomy is a minor surgery. The doctor made it sound like he could do one in his sleep. Given how late it was, he very well may have. But it’s still not how I planned to spend my week. I had plans! Things to do! Well…no I didn’t. Neither did my wife or my kids. Everyone’s plans got tossed in the air. Some landed and things turned out fine. Some crashed and failed. Whatever. None of the stuff that did or did not get done concerns me in the least.
What concerns me is how quickly it happened. In twenty four hours I went from feeling fine to surgery. Twenty four hours. That’s it. And you want to know what’s really scary?
All too often, it happens even faster than that.
People leave for work and die in the car on the way. They take one wrong step and break their hip. Never mind any day, it can happen at any moment. I have faith. I am convinced there is a God who loves me and cares for me and always will. Always. But I’d be an idiot to not be a little afraid of what could happen, and how quickly it can happen. Right?
God often reveals truth to us all at once, in a wave that washes over us and leaves us breathless with excitement. Today we hear a story of one woman who had just such a moment. What she learned, how she responded, and what that means for our life is our topic for today. Based on John 4:5-30.
Jesus knew how to take a break. He also encouraged his followers to take a break, and he would lead them to quiet places. How Jesus is with us while we relax is our topic for today. Based on Mark 6:30-32.