Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Genesis 37:25-36; Psalms 49, 53; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; Mark 1:29-45

As I sit here writing this devotional, I’m finishing off some really good food – my mom’s chocolate mousse in fact. And as I’m sitting here reading the verses for this devotional, I begin to realize the lack of permanence in my life. There is nothing in my life that couldn’t change in an instant; no certainty that tomorrow will be anything like today. Such are the things of this world – like this chocolate mousse cake. It seems so perfect while you have it, but it goes fast. When it’s gone, you forget about it. Such is life without God. We probably love our life, or some things we have, or any of the little rituals we carry out every day. But when it comes down to it, all those things don’t matter when you’re dead, or (should I say) even more alive then ever. For when you are in heaven, or (to quote a children’s song) “partying with Jesus,” you won’t care about anything – any being quite literal – that you had in this world.

But don’t get the wrong idea, for you can have constancy in this life. That constancy is Jesus. For no matter what happens tomorrow, or even today, Jesus is willing to be in your life and in mine. You can ask, just as the man with leprosy did, for healing, and you can be sure that Jesus will do for you as he did for him. In Mark 1:41 it says what Jesus did for the man with leprosy. “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said...and he was cured.” So even if tomorrow an earthquake, or a hurricane, or a tsunami takes away everything you have, just ask Jesus for help, and he will show his compassion and his love. Even if tomorrow you begin the long struggle to deal with the death of a loved one, just ask Jesus for help, and Jesus will be willing to help. I don’t know about you, but knowing this, if anyone comes to me in distress, I only hope I can be like Jesus – to be “filled with compassion ... [and say,] ‘I am willing.’ ”

Jared Hallett

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