Read it! John 13
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
Think it through
I love Peter. Peter who walked on the water toward Jesus, told Jesus exactly what he was thinking, and jumped out of the fishing boat to swim to Jesus even faster. Poor Peter who’s frequently documented as getting it wrong.
Even after Jesus says, “You don’t understand what I’m doing, but it will be clear enough to you later,” (that’s The Message version, very direct), Peter says, “You’re not going to wash my feet—ever!” Passionate Peter.
He meant well, but he wasn’t listening. He saw the Lord with a towel around his waist, kneeling at his feet, and closed his ears. He closed himself to the perspective Jesus was trying to give him, a perspective of trust in The Master.
So often I see the “messy” areas of my life and I think I know better. Like Peter, I’m passionate for the Lord, jumping into the deep water of this ministry and telling the Lord exactly what’s on my mind. But also like Peter, I get it wrong. I want things to move faster and go differently—it seems so obvious to me how things should be!
I imagine that Jesus is patiently saying, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
Live it like you mean it
Right now in your life, what does it feel like the Lord is doing “wrong”? Where does it feel like He’s moving too slowly for you, or in the wrong direction?
When we feel frustrated by our life circumstances this week, let’s remember that His way is always best. Let’s keep the perspective that we don’t understand what he’s doing, but someday we will.
My challenge to you is to write “I may not understand what He’s doing in my life now, but I will” on a notecard and put it by your nightstand, so you’ll see it when you go to sleep and when you wake up.
And let’s strive to be disciples who say, “Then, Lord, not just my feet but my hands and head as well!” Let’s fully embrace the will he has for us now, in all the areas of our lives. Let’s go all in!
Lift it up
Lord, so often I look around with my limited perspective and think I know best. You see everything. You know the inner workings of the universe and you certainly know the big picture in my own life and the lives of those I touch. Your way is always best and I surrender fully to Your will, not just in the obviously messy parts of my life but in all things. I love You. Amen.
Tell Me About It
What’s a “messy” area of your life that the Lord may be asking you to wait and see about?
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