I WANT TO SEE!

Mark 10:46-52

Bartimaeus pleaded to Jesus for mercy. He had no physical vision but spiritually his vision was 20/20. I have good, not perfect physical vision (I am not blind by any stretch of the imagination) but at times, I don’t always see, spiritually, 20/20.

I noticed some similarities between him and I. For example, others told him to be quiet. There have been times I’ve needed wisdom, insight, peace. I’ve felt lost, disconnected form the source of revelation and vision.

Even so, I kept praying and reading scripture, worshiping. That’s my way of shouting like Bartimaeus. That’s my way of getting Jesus’ attention. Oh, how sweet it is when a sliver of light, at first, pierce my hungry soul. Then more and more, I began to see. Although I am in the flesh I  come alive in Christ and now I see things more the way Christ Jesus sees them. The veil of darkness have been shredded and discarded. Oh what a wonderful experience!

It is hard to follow Jesus without divine revelation and vision. It is his desire to enlighten us. Then, where he is we will always be.

All we have to do is say, “I want to see.”

Then once he answers us, we can joyfully follow Jesus all the way to eternity.

Mark10:51

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My rabbi, “the blind man said, “I want to see!”

 

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A LITTLE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH

Mark 6:37-42 lets us in on a 2,000 year old conversation between Jesus and his disciples that still have meaning for us today. It went something like this…

But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “With what?” they asked.

“We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!”

“How much bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.”

They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.”

In the end, Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked toward heaven and blessed them. He kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. They all ate as much as they wanted. A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed from those loaves- with leftovers!

Remember to bring what God has given you to any situation.  Even if it appears to be just a measly drop in a supersized bucket, offer it to the Lord anyway. Let God bless it and He will multiply it for His glory and for the advancement of the kingdom. This humble act of giving on our part glorifies God and it is our contribution to our fellow man. A “few loaves and a few fish” are like storehouses of supplies for God. It is more than enough for a miracle.

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WHAT MIRACLES REALLY LOOK LIKE FOR THE AVERAGE JOE OR JOAN :)

It’s probably no surprise that I am thinking of miracles during this Christmas season. Who doesn’t think of dazzling Christmas miracles this time of the year? Christmas miracles are featured in holiday movies ad nauseum. All this have started me to think about what constitute as a miracle.

To me, a miracle is like a sliver of light piercing the thick gloom of darkness. After all, a situation have to be dark enough for us to see and acknowledge the light.

Right?

It would have to be the complete opposite of our current situation for us to consider “it” as a miracle.  So we look, look, look… Day after day for something, anything to happen like it did on the movies or like it happened to the latest self help guru. But, I wonder how often we consider that our right now is our own personal miracle. Maybe, we are where we are for a reason that only God knows. Not to punish us.

Heaven forbid.

Maybe, it is to shine his light through us wherever we are. Perhaps our everyday lives are a miracle in and of itself. It is not glitzy or glamorous. Sometimes it is not pretty. I am talking about some curlers, housecoat, house slippers, and shaving cream on the upper lip rough. But, it is blessed for what it is meant to accomplish.

What if a present circumstance have not succumb to our persistent prayers for change? What if a door or doors refuse to open? What now?

We thank God for giving us His ear because although we did not see what we wanted to see, we acknowledge that he hears us when we pray.

Then what?

We thank him for the blessings we have. There are some, if we stop comparing ourselves to the lifestyle of the rich and famous we could see them.

Then we ask Him to help us bloom where He has planted us. There, I said it.

May we thrive!

Whether we want to believe it or not, we are meant for different things in this life.

Period.

We are not all going to be raving successes by this world standards. But, we can be successful by God’s standards. We have to know that no opportunity will be  lost to us if we summit to His plan for our lives. God is all powerful. If He wants to rain miracles out of the sky for us, then it will rain. Nothing can hinder that. If He choses sacrifice for our lives, then we will have to sacrifice no matter what we try to do to the contrary.

All I am saying is that we can relax and stop trying to mop up gun wounds with a tiny Band-Aid. ( Yes, life can be that gory.) In other words, we can stop trying to do the impossible with a life that is meant for something all together different.

No matter what evils or difficulties rear their ugly heads, God has given His light in every circumstance. We must be conscience of something greater than ourselves at work in our lives. So don’t sweat it. Enjoy each day as a miracle.

Jesus urged us to give our burdens to him and to allow him to carry them. Being at rest allows us to save ourselves from crippling stress. Most of us are trying to control things that only God can control. Give yourself a break.

When darkness seems to completely cover us, God suddenly shines a sliver of light at the right time. He reaches down and grabs us, lifting us up to the next level of our journey with Him. Every thing he allows us to experience will be  worth it as we experience every moment with Him. We are not alone and His grace is sufficient for all things.

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