Tuesday, September 22, 2015

On A Journey

Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, "Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money-- not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them." They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere. Luke 9:1-6

Being away from home can be a challenge and any journey can provide both excitement and great anxiety. We want t make sure we have all we need on our journeys. And yet we can never really prepare for the journey of life. The twists and turns and pitfalls cannot be covered by what we pack in our suitcases. Living on the road really requires a radical move form comfort into relationship.

Jesus is sending his disciples out for the first time. I am sure they showed up with dozens of bags, all sorts of provisions and maybe a wife or mother. He tells them to learn to live by trusting God and the people they will encounter. They must at first have been angered and terrified. None of that is recorded now because by trusting in God's provision, God's constant and abiding love, they found everything they needed and the strength and power to serve.

Today I ask God to help me trust God for everything. As we move forward on this journey may we remember the initial fear and anger of the disciples, which completely dissipated as they continued on. May we trust that God's love will provide more than we can ever imagine, today.

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