I'm posting yesterdays reading a day late. It was my 10th anniversary so I didn't have time once I got home after the movies to sit down and write a post. It was midnight when we finally got home. I'm sure you can forgive me. As an aside - Happy Anniversary to me!!!
Yesterday in general I had this exhausted feeling like I didn't want to do anything. My phone was dead so my alarm didn't go off. I thought hubby had put it on the charger overnight, but apparently not. At least I didn't break any traditions with this challenge- my kids were still up before me. Tell me again why I'm getting up earlier than my kids to get into God's word? Not only that, tell me how much earlier I have to get up because honestly, I thought 6:30 would do it and I was wrong. I don't think I can do much earlier that than. Think back to my first post when I mentioned that anything before 10 am was too early for me.
As it was I could barely lift my head off my pillow to realize that I had forgotten my bible in the car because I was at youth the night before. I ended up reading John 5 on my phone - a bad idea. I don't think I got much from it.
John 5 starts with the pool a Bethesda. We meet an invalid man who wants to be healed and apparently the first person into the pool on day the water is stirred gets just that. Jesus looks at the man and tells him to pick up his mat and walk. Now keep in mind that this man had been in his invalid state for 38 (thirty-eight!) years and just by believing what Jesus says and being obedient he's healed. Boom! Mic-drop! Just like that. Oh yeah! I'll admit the believing is the easy part once you see what Jesus can do in someone's life... it's the obedience I have a problem with. Not because it's Jesus, but because Jesus wants us to change and to change we need to struggle and who wants that? But I try my best to stay close to Him and listen for his gentle nudging.
I should mention that Jesus healing took place on the Sabbath. The only reason that the Pharisees noticed was because the man was walking and carrying his mat. I'm sure they had seen him around. Maybe they snubbed him, maybe they took pity on him. Perhaps it was both. They are a large group after all. It was more that he was carrying his mat. A big no, no on the Sabbath. You weren't supposed to do anything, even make a coffee. It was a day of complete and total rest. So, if they have a problem with this man carrying his mat you can just imagine how upset they're going to be when they realize that Jesus performed a miracle enabling the man to walk- on the Sabbath. This is the first real encounter between Jesus and the Pharisees in the book of John. The one where Jesus points out that he the Son of God, sent by the Father. Well, we all know how this ends.
I didn't really take a whole lot away from this reading. Like I said before, Friday wasn't a great day for me in terms of alertness. It took about 2.5 hours at work for me to even get going. I'm talking, really dragging my arse. But for not taking much away during the day, it was worth it to take a second look while writing up this post.
You know the saying, the grass is always greener on the other side? This is my attempt to find greener grass right where I am in my life.
BTW - I'm the one on the right, just in case you didn't already know that.