The blue of yesterday’s sky was phenomenal, like a breakthrough.
The moon at dusk already so full you believed you might touch it.
Clear and undeniable.
Last night I held up a tiny candle, listened and sang with a sanctuary of others.
We all were proclaiming “I Believe”!
And then we all left the service and went about our two days before Christmas ways.
I am prompted to pray this morning, leaning into Jesus, asking for more of Him to show in me, my request for continued transformation.
Progress not perfection
Optimistic, I am, for 2019.
Jesus foretold Peter’s denial. Peter denied he would.
The disciples were with Him as he prayed to His Father, not my will but thine. He rose from his prayer to find them all sleeping, told them get up, this is a critical time, you may be challenged to leave me, you might be tempted not to stay.
Jesus was arrested and they all watched him being led away. Peter, Luke recorded, stood back a distance away.
He sat with the ones who accosted Jesus.
“And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.”
Luke 22:55-57 ESV
Others asked as he sat with them. I imagine, the plan to destroy this man the rulers were all afraid, afraid he might be more knowledgeable, more inspiring, more inviting, afraid he might topple their lofty positions, afraid that they were wrong, would be proven wrong.
Peter could have told them all, it is true, I have been with Him, I have seen.
I know Jesus. He knows me.
Jesus was more than they wanted to believe, the people all sitting around the fire in the home of the high priest.
Peter was aligned with them and he denied being a believer of Jesus.
And just as Jesus foretold, the rooster crowed.
“Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.””
Luke 22:33-34 ESV
Peter allowed logic and the desire to be one with the rulers and religious leaders cause him to sit the fence of doubt and assurance.
It can be hard to believe a happening from 2000 years ago. Believing is a choice and it’s an ever increasing assurance. It’s unexplainable.
It’s a real sense of connection and it is remembering your life before and knowing your life now is lighter, enlightened and significantly meaningful because you know you’ve mattered all along, that your life and its purpose was an intricate part of God’s plan.
Lean into Jesus at Christmas, it’s the perfect time to know Him more,
To believe and “rebelieve”.
I know Jesus. Jesus knows me.