In Good Faith

If…you have acted in good faith then rejoice…  Judges 9:1-16, 19-21   When we make choices based solely on what is said we sometimes experience outcomes on what was left unsaid. Once, stepping out of my introverted box I had an uncomfortable encounter, which left me with an unfavorable opinion concerning a certain person I had approached. Later, I went back and forth trying to figure out what I had done wrong to experience what felt like a negative interaction. From someone with high notoriety I had anticipated a totally different experience. What I didn’t realize at the time was that at various times, we all are at the edge of stepping out of some kind of box; either ones we’ve created for ourselves or ones created by those around us. I had created a box of expectations from this person that God certainly did not ask me to create. Though I rejoice in knowing that I was able to go forth in faith to take the opportunity for our paths to cross, each time I am so called, I remember to leave the box of expectation in God’s hands and simply enjoy the moment.

Circumstances

My hour has not yet come.  John 2:1-12 Unless Jesus steps in to serve the good wine, how do the guests know that something has changed; in fact a blessing is taking place? Based on Jesus’ response I sense some reluctance in his enthusiasm to help the wedding party. Yet, to ignore Mary’s concern would cause him to dishonor his mother. Dishonoring one’s parent is to dishonor God. On many levels and to the glory of God, Jesus knows that he must get involved even though at that point he perhaps believes his time has not come. The circumstances dictated otherwise. There are times when we must get involved, or move forward even when we feel as though we are either not ready or it’s simply not time. We don’t always get to decide. God’s glory comes on God’s timing. We may not always be ready. We just have to be willing to participate and receive God’s readiness to bless us.