Monday, September 22, 2014

Lonely Places - Mark 1:40-45 Post 7

Chalkboard: Mark 1:40-45 Post 7
You stayed in lonely places.  Desolate places.  Desert places. (Mark 1:45).  Places, I guess, that weren't easy or convenient.

But people still went.  They wanted to be with You badly enough to go to You where You were, even if it meant being in a lonely place.  An uninhabited place.  A harder to reach place.  Maybe even a
harder-to-be-in place.

I don't know if any of those people knew it was a consequence of the disobedience of the man You healed of leprosy (Mark 1:40-45).  Maybe they only found out later.  Maybe some of them never found out.

It doesn't matter.  What matters is they still came to You from everywhere (Mark 1:45)  

They still do.

Going where You are leads me at times to a lonely place.  Maybe it would have been that way anyway, or maybe it's because someone didn't do what You told them to do.  I don't always get to know the reason.  

But the important question is not : Why does following You or being with You lead me to a lonely place? The question is: Will I go to You anyway?  Will I follow You anyway?  Do I want to be with You badly enough that the lonely places - the desert places - the hard places - are all worth it?

You wanted to be with me badly enough. 



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