Old Testament: Lamentations 1:1-2,6-12
Morning Psalms: Psalms 51:1-18
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 1:1-7
Gospel: Mark 11:12-25
Evening Psalms: Psalms 69:1-23
When I was a young boy, about six or seven, I had a babysitter named Michael. Over winter break one year we decided to go sledding with a bunch of his friends. I felt so grown up and so cool hanging out with all the big kids. We ended up sledding in a massive open area that was connected to a hill in his back yard. It was bordered on both sides by trees which were painted white with snow, except for one. Off to the right, one small tree stuck out.
Almost everyone else had gone, and I was ready to prove that I belonged with them. I was ready to be a big kid! I hopped onto my sled and got ready to go. Right before plummeting down the hill, I felt Michael kneel next to me and say, “Zack, make sure you steer left so you don’t hit that tiny tree on the right.” I nodded and took off. In what seemed like a split second, I hit a bump, flew off my sled, and slid across the snow…straight into that small tree – feet first! Not only did I hit the tree, it split me right up the middle. The next thing I know is I’m looking up at the sky and crying that “My boy parts hurt!!” And before I knew it, I was in my mom’s arms. Michael had carried me home while I was too busy crying. Soon, I was enjoying hot chocolate and cartoons.
Mark 11:22 tells it to us straight:
“’Have Faith in God,’ Jesus answered.”
Trust that God is working for your greater good, even when you take a tree to your boy parts. You might not be able to understand it at the moment, but trust that, soon enough, you’ll be on the couch watching cartoons while drinking hot chocolate.