In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1 KJV
Have you ever looked at something very familiar, something you have seen numerous times before, but it is almost as if you are viewing it for the first time? I’m sure you have encountered this situation. It happens all of a sudden and allows you to wonder how did you not see or understand this concept beforehand?
Most of you who are taking the time to read this blog know that I am a Christian. Whether it be outward through something I have said, done or a stance I have taken, you realize I love Jesus. I often describe myself as a little Chihuahua running out in front of Almighty God trying to defend the great I AM! God so very often has to bring me back to His side and gently tell me to take a deep breath because He control of the situation.
Well, this same “take a deep breath” moment happened to me yesterday as I was writing a blog for my website. I was pouring it on in a writing that I thought was justified. I’m incredibly weary of the unfairness, anger and bad behavior of current events and the lack of respect for opposing views. We live in America, a great country founded on freedoms for EVERYONE, not a limited few who happen to be in control of judicial, legislative and executive seats elected BY THE PEOPLE!
After penning what I thought was a well written blog, I decided to place an image on the blog and poof, the blog was totally wiped out! Gone! Of course I have learned countless times always save your work as you go, but this time I did not. I was so mad at myself I decided to blame Satan. After all, this was a justifiable writing to defend the beliefs of conservatives and call attention to the unfairness of what is happening to believers and persons having opposing views of those seeking to destroy our country.
THEN, The Chosen, episodes two and three were presented last night. And stories that I have read many, many times in the Bible began to shed new light. It was as if I hadn’t read them as closely before. If you haven’t seen these productions you are, in my humble opinion, missing out on a wonderful presentation of the Bible and the gospel of Jesus Christ who lived on this earth being fully God and fully man. Why did what I viewed last night have such an impression on me? Because it filled me with conviction especially two parts of each episode. In episode 2, Nathaniel before he became a disciple and follower of Jesus, was sitting under a fig tree. Alone and frustrated, he was calling out to God praying and questioning why God hadn’t used his (Nathaniel’s) talents and gifts for God’s glory. With tears he placed architectural drawings of a synagogue, something he had wanted to build for the God’s glory, on the ground and burned them. He then prayed that God saw him, and that God would use him.
Shortly after that he was honored to meet Jesus and Jesus told Nathaniel that he saw him sitting under that fig tree and yes, he was going to be used of God. Can you imagine for just a moment how that might have felt? The Messiah, God’s Son is telling you the location of when you cried out for guidance and help? However, we know from scripture Nathanial’s call wasn’t building structures, it was building the Kingdom of God.
Oh, my friend, haven’t we all been there? As believers in Jesus Christ we desperately want to be used to bring others to Christ, but the way in which we think he will use us isn’t occurring and we are wondering what we’re doing wrong? We might have worked for years to hone our skills and do that which we think pleases him, but it feels like we aren’t getting anywhere. Maybe we need to lay down those plans and burn them…maybe not with fire, but just lay them down and pray that God will direct us into where HE would have us go and what we are to do.
The third episode, which was a gift from The Chosen team to viewers last night, was one that I viewed, but this morning I saw it again with a clearer vision. The disciples were with Jesus in Samaria and countless scores of individuals came to find Jesus for healing. His popularity was rising, and he continued to heal the sick and afflicted from sun up to sundown.
The disciples were sitting around a campfire awaiting for Jesus to finish for the day and they began sharing their thoughts and feelings. Soon they began to share what they thought would be the vision and mission of the Son of God…to destroy Roman rule. They admitted that Jesus was off healing people when they believed a battle should be ensuing instead. After all, would these Samaritans really KNOW who was healing them or were they taking advantage of the fact they were receiving cures and health? Shouldn’t a focus begin in taking back the rule from the Roman Empire?
Then the nit picking started and for a time they all focused on Matthew, a former tax collector for the Romans. How could he turn on his own people? Some of the disciples had taken action to come up with monies due the Romans to protect their homes and families that possibly would never have transpired if not for the pressure asserted by tax collectors. Matthew had escaped this due to joining and working with the Romans. The bickering continued until they heard footsteps. Jesus comes out of the darkness from a day of healing the broken, diseased, crippled and hurting. He is almost dragging with physical exhaustion; sweating, blood on him, and in need of care. He only bids them goodnight and continues to his makeshift tent.
His mother, Mary, was present and after sharing she felt he no longer needed her because he was an adult, came to his aid and helped him remove his outside cloak, washed his feet, hands and face and then bid him goodnight. He hugs her and as he lays down, we hear Jesus begin to pray to his Father for the ability to sleep.
The scene ends with all the disciples looking shamed for their conversations and their lack of compassion for one another. It was then that I almost heard Jesus saying, “Now, Cookie, write your blog.” It was the kindness, grace and mercy of my Savior that caused that blog to disappear yesterday. This chihuahua needed to be reminded that God has the world today in His hands. My job as a child of the King is to show kindness, love and compassion through my words, actions and deeds. It isn’t easy, but it’s the most I can do for the One who died for me.
As far as what He will do with my gifts, talents and desires for service…stay tuned. He’s not finished with me yet.
Father God, you see us where we are. You know the plans for our lives. Please help us as believers in Your Son, Jesus Christ, to be loving, kind, considerate, gentle, full of compassion and mercy towards every single person we meet. Take away all the bitterness and intolerance among us and may all others see is YOU in us. Protect our great country. In Jesus name, Amen!
Judith "Cookie" White is the founder of The Sounding Board Ministry. She is the author of two devotional books which are available on this site.