Monday, April 27, 2015

You Remind Them of David - Mark 2:23-28 Post 3

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It's the Sabbath.  You are walking through the grain fields and Your disciples are following You through those same fields.  Surrounded by grain, the disciples start picking the heads of grain to eat them.  Like snatching blackberries on a hike in the Smokies.  

But the Pharisees have to complain. (Mark 2:23-24)
Why, I wonder?  Such a beautiful thing is happening right in front of them - why are they missing it?  Why can't they see it - the bread of life walking through fields of grain?  Why do they see only what they think is "unlawful" on the Sabbath?

You remind them of David (Mark 2:25-26).  You didn't have to tell the whole story   (1 Sam. 21:1-6) - they knew it.  David and his companions pursued by the one who had to do things his own way and who wouldn't give up his power, although he knew David was king.  David and his companions - weary, hungry, pursued, in need - sought shelter in the holy place, where the priest offered them the consecrated bread.  And David, the true and future king, took and ate the bread that was technically not lawful for him to eat...and gave it to his companions.  

You know we are hungry.  You know we are weary of our own sin.  You know we are pursued by all that would destroy us, by all that sets itself against You...
You know how we long for refuge.  

You know we are already destroyed if You don't do something to save us.
You know that You are the fulfillment of all these things -
that what we need is You.

Did the Pharisees understand what You are saying?  About Yourself?  About them?  That You are comparing them to...Saul?

They must have.  In (Mark 3:6) they are plotting to kill You.

The Lord is walking before them - right here, near them - through fields of grain 
and they could follow and eat what He offers them but look instead for a reason to complain,
to rely on their own flesh and strength
"Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his own strength, and whose heart turns away from the Lord" (Jer. 17:5)...


and turn away from Him
from
the One who can enter the Holy Place because He is our High Priest
Our King who leads us and fights for us and gives us bread to eat
Who will BE the bread he offers us (Mark 14:22), broken for us to eat
Who makes us all His royal priests (1 Peter 2:5; 1 Peter 2:9)

Our food, our bread, our sustenance
Our king, our priest, our Sabbath rest
Our refuge, our shelter, our hiding place
Our life, our only hope...our grace. 

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him" (Jer. 17:7).   

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Friday, April 24, 2015

What Did I Trust You For?

What Did I Trust You For? Waves. brokenbreadandsmallfish.com
It's dark
the waves are high
the wind is roaring
I am trembling.

I myself asked to come to You
You said I could
And I wonder now what I was thinking (Matt14:27-30)

I trusted You,
trusted.
But trusted...
for what?

That there would be no waves?
No storm or night?
No failed attempt to walk on water? (Matt. 14:29-30)

Didn't I know the waves could get this high?

Was I trusting You 
to maintain the blue of the sky
to not let in the gray
to keep back the rain
to hold back the waves
...to keep me safe?

But night always comes.

And the storm is always on the horizon 
on this sea.

Still...I will come to You across this sea.

The winds will rise.
The waves will break over me. (Ps. 42:7)
They will swallow me
And I will sink beneath them - 
I know.

But not alone.

Yes, I will come to You across the sea
And I will fail.
But You will not.

My eyes and my heart will falter, 
but
Your eyes will never leave me
Your hand will be on mine
You will pull me out of the depths
And lift me up (Matt. 14:31)
Where there will always be
You.

You know what it is to walk through the storm.
The waves broke over You, too.

Linking up with Velvet Ashes at The Grove where the word this week is "trust"

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Following You Through Fields of Grain - Mark 2:23-28 Post 2

I like picturing You
the bread of life
walking through fields of grain
surrounded by gold
rustling and whispering to You
bowing down before the king
the bread of life
as You pass through

The hungry 
following after You

In this field of grain
where there is always something to eat
just lift my hand
not very far
take hold
not very hard 
in my hands
separate the chaff from the grain
bring it to my mouth
eat as we go
because 
I'm surrounded by bread
as I follow You.

It's not yet the feast
but
when I follow the bread of life
I follow through fields of grain
bread broken for me
there is always something to eat

here
in this Sabbath day
following You
through fields of grain.


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Friday, April 17, 2015

Expectations

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We followed You
Gladly
to here

Our expectations, our hopes 
Growing every day

You are going to do great things
and we will be part of it.

I thought.
I wanted.
I hoped...

But.
Here we are.
Empty-handed
alone
pressed on all sides
nothing to show

And You
You did not come through.


Why did You let it all come out this way?
it was supposed to go...
differently...

Who will believe You now?
Who will follow You now?
...why have You let us down?

             ~

"How foolish you are
How slow of heart..."  Luke 24:25-26

Wait...

could it be
I'm confusing the middle with the end?


I followed You 
Gladly 
to here.

Will I follow You
still?
Gladly
from here?


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Walking Through Fields of Grain - Mark 2:23-28 Post 1

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Why were You going through grain fields on the Sabbath? (Mark 2:23)

Were You thinking about farmers going out to sow?
Were You thinking about the way things grow...or don't grow...?

Were You thinking about roots, and thorns, and rocks, and birds, and the hot sun...

Were You thinking about seeds?

And good soil?

Were You thinking about a crop and a harvest of another kind?

Were You thinking about...bread?

About how to explain?

The bread of life 
is walking through a field of grain. 


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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Who ARE These People?

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Who ARE these people?
Where did they come from?
How did they get here?
...How did I get here 
among them?

Talking
Laughing
Sometimes fighting

Witnessing miracles
hearts and lives being restored

Eating and drinking
and sometimes crying

walking and talking
seeing the paralyzed dare to move

Watching the blind man begin to see

sometimes hurting
sometimes confused.

Helping You feed the hungry crowd

Taking the bread and wine
You are passing around

Walking on water to You

and

Running away in the dark

weeping
scattered
afraid
hiding...

together

waiting for You

together

seeing You come

together

going
doing
what You said to do

together.  

These people?

These are the ones
who followed

These are the ones
who are called by You.
(Mark 3:13-19)


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