Monday, January 21, 2008

Ordinary Time: Monday, January 21, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

One of the things that happens a lot in Noah's story is a lot of waiting.  He builds the ark.  And waits. It starts to rain. And they float. And they wait.  They send out a raven.  And wait. Then a dove. And wait. Then, another dove. And wait.  

God's plan doesn't always come on our schedule.  His schedule is different than ours. Part of being faithful is learning to wait. Learning patience.  Learning to wait upon Him, and when He thinks that the time is right, it will unfold when He wants it to. 

Today, wait upon Him.  Live in this moment. And when the time is right, all will be as He desires.  

New Testament Lesson

Remember, we have a high priest in Jesus that was tested as we are, was tempted as we are, and suffered as we do.  So, in the midst of all of life's struggles, we can turn to Him.  He has experienced everything that we experience.  He knows loss, He knows hurt, He knows temptation.  And because of that, He can give us strength, and grace, and mercy in that time. 

Remember, turn to Him in your moment of need.  He will be there.  

Gospel Lesson

One of the interesting parts about this passage has always been to to me that Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night.  Not during the day, when others could see him. But, by night. When know one would know.  I remember when I really got serious about my faith, one of the things I worried about the most was, what would other people think?  

I think that can be one of the things that can keep us from really doing some of the things that God may have for us. We worry more about what other folks think than about what God thinks.  If He has called us to something, He will give us the strength and ability to do it. Don't worry about what others think.  Noah didn't, and it turned out alright for him in the end.  Do whatever it is that God has called you to. . . . He will take care of the rest.  

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