I am such a rule follower. Sometimes to a fault. Sometimes that tendency causes me to lose common sense.
Last fall, when getting school supplies, I searched the 5th grade list of supplies and bought the items listed there. I did notice that pencils were not on the list, but thought there must be some other provision for 5th graders. I was wrong. The afternoon of the first day of school, Connor said “Mom, you didn’t pack any pencils!” How could I have missed that? I searched the list again and saw that they weren’t listed there. But I should have known! The child needed pencils for school.
Oh, that I would open my eyes and see what’s beyond what’s written on a piece of paper.
It is a silly example, I know. But it made me ponder, to think about hearing what’s not being said. About seeing what’s not being shown. About being more intentional in my relationships with people.
We do that in life, too. Busy with life. Busy checking items off our list. Just busy. Oh, that we would open our eyes and see what’s written beyond the surface of our relationships, beyond a simple greeting . . . beyond an “I’m fine” to seeing God calling us to meet a need.
Jesus was intentional. He didn’t have to go through Samaria when traveling to or from Judea or Galilee. As a matter of fact, all other Jews went out of their way to avoid going through Samaria. But Jesus did it on purpose. He knew what awaited him there at the well. The woman at the well was never the same again.
When he was told that Lazarus was sick, Jesus knew that time was of the essence. But he was intentional about when he arrived at their home. He wanted God’s glory to be revealed.
While walking with Jarius to his home to heal his daughter, Jesus stopped along the way to talk with the woman who touched his cloak and was healed. It didn’t make sense to the disciples and others around him, but it was intentional.
Jesus was intentional when he sought out John the Baptist to baptize him. He was intentional when he walked that Roman road carrying a cross. He demonstrated this throughout his walk on this earth. There is so much to learn from our Lord and Savior.
My friends, let us be intentional as we gather next week at Unveiled. We will come together for a time of praise and worship. Let’s be intentional in our response to Jesus. Let’s be intentional in our relationships. Let intentionally throw all that binds us aside and truly worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Looking forward to being with you next week.
Tuesday, February 26th
Portico at the Palace
220 DeSiard Street