Monday, November 23, 2015

When They Think I'm Out of My Mind - Mark 3:20-30 Post 5

Your family said You were out of Your mind and they came to take charge of You (Mark 3:20-21).

It's easy for me to dismiss them and their concerns because I know the whole story now.  I know how the next chapters go. 

I know they were mistaken in their concerns for You.

...Or were they?

There was much to be concerned about.  You spent Yourself for people - for us - and then You suffered and died.  Their concern was understandable in light of all that happened.

I can't dismiss them for their concerns.

Where they went wrong was not trusting You 
You were fulfilling Your purpose,  Your calling.  You would die, but You would rise again - and all the people would be saved.  


It seems like they should have trusted You.

But I can't dismiss them for that, either, because I also know more than they did about who You are.   They had small pieces of the puzzle - and not a larger part of the big picture as we do, today.  

I know more than they did about Who You Are

Jesus.
The Son of God.  
God Incarnate.
The one who died to save us.
The one who rose again.

One of us, but not like us.  Perfect, without sin.  
And with a purpose, a mission, that we still don't even fully "get" today - although we understand it a lot better than they did then.  

No, I can't dismiss them. 


If I follow You, there may be times that my family, relatives, friends think I'm out of my mind, and it would be easy to want to dismiss them like I want to dismiss Your family.  

But when they think I'm crazy, I have to remember that:

1. My story isn't finished yet.  There's a lot that remains to be seen.  Not just for them to see, but for me to see as well.

2.  My story is not like Yours.  

You are in me, and while it's true that You in me may look a bit different and crazy to those who are looking and expecting to see just me, 
I know too well how much of sinful, limited, mortal ME there is to be seen.

I - and they - know I can be mistaken.  

You are in me, 
I am in You...
but I am not You.

So when those who love me think I'm crazy, I need to take their worries and fears seriously.  They may be wrong, but...they might be right.  I could be wrong.  I really could be crazy.  


I need to examine myself.  
Carefully.
And seek You.

And even when I'm not crazy, what You call me to may look crazy to those who love me - even to those who are themselves following You.

They don't want me to hurt, or suffer.  They don't want life to be hard for me.  They want me to be around.  They want me to be home for dinner.  

Their concerns, their fears?  Those are real.  
And not necessarily unjustified.  

Because following You does lead to hard places sometimes.
Following You can lead to pouring oneself out for others.

Following You has been known to lead to death.  

It's not easy to watch loved ones walk down a hard road - even when it's the right road.  It has it's own kind of pain.

So...
Teach me to be discerning
and understanding
aware of my own ability to misunderstand
aware of the very real pain of the right road for everyone affected...
and somehow, still not waver or falter as I follow You.  

And if my friends and relatives sometimes think I'm out of my mind?

Well.  I'm in good company.  

And so are they.

Sometimes Yours thought You were out of Your mind, too.



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