Keeping Pace with God's Power
Reading the words of Christ since the year began has given me an unexpected gift.
There's power in the words of our Savior, and we can find it when we decide to keep pace. But keeping pace is not always a race to keep up. In the instance of Jesus telling parables, it's a conscious effort to slow down.
All of Jesus' instruction prior to Matthew 13 was concise and to the point. Things are working. The Sermon on the Mount was a success. The news about Jesus healing the sick is spreading. The Pharisees are challenging him, but he's winning every battle. But now, we find him sitting in a boat telling stories.
Things are moving forward. Why slow down now?
The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. ~Matthew 13:10-13, New International Version
The Son of Man is not just sitting on a boat. He's sitting with the souls of men hardened by life.
For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’
Can Jesus sit with you?
The Savior would not have his words go to waste. Jesus, Our King Who Cares, slows things down to connect with us, to speak to us, to soften the callouses of our exhausted, broken spirits so we can be healed where no one can see.
I don't know all that being in sync with the pace of Jesus' teaching will do, but I'm enjoying the ride if for no other reason that he gives me permission to slow down and soak Him up like a sponge. As life squeezes me, I have his Living Water to nourish me but also share with you even right now.
Something good awaits you at the shore, in a boat.
Fast or slow, my desire is that we all start to keep pace with the power of Our King. I pray his words, his stories, his life, and his love overwhelm us and fill