Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

READING


Old Testament: Jeremiah 1:11-19
Morning Psalms: Psalms 56, 57, 58
New Testament: Romans 1:1-15
Gospel: John 4:27-42
Evening Psalms: Psalms 64, 65 

DEVOTIONAL


“Get up and prepare for action, go out and tell them
everything I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them,
or I will make you look foolish in front of them.”
(Jeremiah 1:17)

I hate football. I know it’s an American tradition, but I’ve never understood its entertainment value, and the rules confused me growing up. One year, my dad was waiting for the Super Bowl kickoff, but there was a spider in the bathroom I shared with my little sister. We were terrified of the spider and refused to go into our bathroom. We begged out dad to kill it for us, and he promised he’d do it after the kickoff, but eventually he caved, killed the spider, and missed the kickoff.

The truth is, I’m still not excited about football, but I’ll watch it with my family every Sunday anyway. I think that maybe Jeremiah’s attitude towards being a prophet paralleled my attitude towards football. Being chosen to be a prophet would be confusing, and he might not have been excited about it. Maybe Jeremiah had his own spiders to contend with, fears he faced or other challenges in his life. I think once he overcame his fears, got up, and prepared for action (as I do with a bowl of chili each time I sit on the couch to watch football with my family), he discovered that it wasn’t actually all that bad. Even though the things God was calling him to do seemed as scary as spiders were to me and my sister, or as confusing as football rules, they turned out fine in the end because he wasn’t doing them alone. While I still don’t really understand football, I’m not afraid to kill my own spiders anymore.

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