Monday, August 31, 2015

That They Might Be With You - Mark 3:13-17 Post 1

You - on a mountain (Mark 3:13-19)
Calling them to You
not all
but 
the ones You wanted 
for this job
for THIS task

appointing them

that they might be with You...(Mark 3:14)

and I

     am jealous.

I don't want their status.
I don't want their task.
(I'm happy with my own calling).

It's the "be with You" part...

I want to be with You, too.

     ~

And I somehow feel sorry for the others, jealous for them...and for myself.  

I know I'm wrong, in spite of that feeling surging up inside me.

I know I need to tell myself truth.

Like:

The others who wanted to be with You still had access to You, it would seem much of the time. (Mark 4:10)

and

If they were sometimes excluded, like when the man You had healed of demons asked to go with You and You told him to go home to his family... (Mark 5:18-20)

well - sometimes some of the "chosen" Twelve were also excluded,  like when only Peter, James, and John went with You to Jairus's house (Mark 5:37)

and when that happened it was always for a purpose.  

But most important is something You already knew then - something I know today...

that very soon You would make possible unlimited access to You for all who want it (Eph. 3:12).

And You needed the apostles to fulfill a certain role so I could know it. 

Because You - and they - fulfilled Your purposes, I can be with You as much as I want.  

If I am not as close to You as I would like to be - I can't blame it on some else being "chosen".  

I can be closer to You now than Peter, James, and John or any of the Twelve or other disciples were able to be before Your death and resurrection...and as close to You as they were able to be after Your death and resurrection.


You are always available to me. You are always with me. 
so
I am always with You.
  
I can be as close to You as as I am willing to be.   


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Mark Series - Mark 1:21-28

Another custom archive of the older posts from Mark chapter one.   If all goes well, I will continue with a new post on Mark 3:13-19 next Monday (feel free to pray about that for me!)  Until then, I hope you enjoy revisiting the posts on Mark 1:21-28.






  


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Mark Series - Mark 1:16-20

Today I'm continuing a custom archive of the older posts from Mark chapter one.  Due to illness and other factors, August may end up being an archiving month for me, revisting some of my old posts.   I do plan to continue posting new thoughts on Mark (Mark 3:13-19), so keep checking back. In the meantime, enjoy the posts from Mark 1:16-20.  






  


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Monday, August 10, 2015

Mark Series - Mark 1:14-15


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No new Mark post today.  Since I had a cold/fever this week, I decided it was a good time to continue a custom archive of the older posts. I hope you enjoy remembering (or reading for the first time) the posts from Mark 1:14-15.  If all goes well (if I'm not still sick) look for a new Mark post (Mark 3:13-19) next Monday.






  
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Monday, August 3, 2015

Moving Away? Or Pressing In? - Mark 3:7-12 Post 7

Those with diseases push forward to touch You (Mark 3:10)
Evil spirits fall down before You (Mark 3:11)
"You are the son of God," 
they cry.

Those with diseases know that they need You
Tho' they may not know who You are
The evil spirits know who You are 
But long ago decided not to need You...

I know my disease
I know that I need You
I know who You are
tho' not the way they do...

And maybe I don't want to be the one who crowds You
I stand off, aloof
And I don't want to be the one You need space from
I am the reason You need a small boat ready

Yet...
Where is it better to be?
Where would You have me be?

Standing off - aloof
Saying, "You are the son of God," 
but moving away?

Or 
not fully understanding
but pressing in
reaching for You
crowding You
doing all I can to be where You are
because I know
I need You
And I know Who You Are.


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