To Be Satisfied
“And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.”
Luke 9:17 ESV
Jesus fed five thousand, multiplying a meager amount to more than enough. He was a mystery to many.
I read of his ways and wonder if there’s more, search for more, like needing evidence of what I already know.
I confuse staying humble with what is me being afraid, unwilling to let go.
Whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. Jesus Christ Luke 9:24
I hunger and thirst for attention when God is waiting to attend to my every need and to show me what my life could be.
What abundant life would be for me.
Someone said “Surprise me.” when I asked about the background color of a commission canvas.
I started bold magenta, now to a subtle rose, I think I was thinking love.
During these days before Christmas, I’m challenged to continue through Luke, each chapter growing more difficult to convey what is meaningful, what is like Christmas. What is typically written when it comes to Christmas.
The challenge is a parallel to my present transformation. I volley between an exhilarating yes to possible change and same old same no to staying the same.
It is not pleasant; but, it is good.
He is not safe. But, He is good. C.S. Lewis
Jesus sees fear of moving forward. He sees settled states of just enough.
He watches as we wither on our vines because we resist the pruning of the choking weeds, the choices we make over choosing Him and His ways.
Self-denial makes no sense today.
We have an abundance of ease, we gloss over wrong choices we make. We are permissive with ourselves and have learned to take advantage of grace.
I woke up aware of my need to be closer to God’s design of me. It is not a pleasant revelation, one that keeps coming back, revisiting me in the mornings.
I’d love to let it go, to consider it unhealthy guilt or a product of my background and shame.
Instead, I welcome its return, this stirring in my core that won’t let me go, this strong captor intent on drawing me closer, intent on being an agent of change.
Christmas is different for me this year.
There’s a change coming, a change that is determined to see me live more fully.
This pursuit of me growing more evident, it will not let go.
Jesus wants us involved in His miraculous ways!
Like the hungry people he fed after telling the disciples to “set the table”, He looked up to heaven and asked for multiplication of good and God answered and there was enough, abundantly more than enough!
When I think of the abundance I do not yet know, I’m intrigued, a little afraid but, enthused.
I have a new hunger that won’t let me go. I don’t fully understand, sometimes it’s a miserable feeling, knowing I’m not yet all I could be.
More often than before, it reminds me of a gift unexpected, a surprise when it’s finally opened.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
Matthew 5:6 ESV
Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.