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.
When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat…John 6:16-27 So much of life involves decision making and movement. The choice and the way isn’t always as easy or smooth as we like. As we go forward in our journey storms inevitably arise not necessarily to hinder our way but often to satisfy their own purpose. We then allow the storm to distract us. The good news is that as we stay focused on the Divine purpose and will, the presence of Christ will show up in places we least expect.
…he (Jesus) said to them, It is I; do not be afraid.’
If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.’ Mark 6:1-13 Sometimes you just have to walk away. It doesn’t matter what you do. It doesn’t matter what you say. It doesn’t even matter if you are right, it won’t be received. Jesus’ advice may seem a little harsh, but there are times when you need to not leave any remnant of a situation lingering that it may remind, entice and cause you to turn back towards a battle you are never going to win. If you have done what God has sent you to do, consider all your efforts a seed planted that perhaps someone else will water. When their heart is in the right place – in time, God’s plan for them will work out another path of change.
It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them (John 6:15-27). Does this sound familiar? Where is Jesus? The disciples decide to go on without him and lo and behold he comes to them walking on the water! I often wonder would their response be any different, if when they arrived on the other side of Galilee, Jesus had already been there waiting for them. No doubt, that would have taken them by surprise as well. The disciples waited as long as they could and apparently they needed to get to the other side. Much like the disciples we find ourselves in a position of having to make a decision before we are ready. What I find encouraging about this story is that Jesus did not appear to be upset because they had left him. In fact I believe that perhaps Jesus was encouraged that they chose to move forward. Once the chaos of the crowd dies down Jesus makes his way to be with his disciples just as the sea became rough. Jesus said to his disciples; “I am: do not be afraid.(Gk translation)” Sometimes making a decision, in the midst of darkness and storms, is the last thing we want to do. Nevertheless in faith we too should not be afraid to move forward because one way or the other with Christ behind us supporting our efforts, before us making preparations, and let’s not forget the times he carries us along the way, we will get to the other side.