Devotional Reading: John 8: 21-32. Morning Psalm 27. Evening Psalm 126
Text: I do nothing on my own. (vs. 28b)
As I read John’s gospel the text jumped out at me; I do nothing on my own. I remembered that a little later Jesus said, “The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things” … (John 14, The Message) In our communion liturgy I note Jesus’ words, “I am the vine, you are the branches, cut off from me you can do nothing.” Just as Jesus did nothing on “his own”, neither can we.
That is why it is so important to begin our day with some time with Jesus. I believe that it can be a little or a lot, depending upon your personality. It can be formal or very informal, in a settled spot or on the fly, in the shower or in the study or in a favorite familiar corner. (I’ve tried them all with varying degrees of success.) The most important thing, though, is to listen for the “marching orders” of the day. “Lord, here is what I want to do (get done) today, but what do YOU want me to do?” You may be amazed at how often the two do not match up. I’ve also learned not to look upon “interruptions” as “interruptions” but as opportunities for Divine encounters. Both Abraham and Moses were minding their own business when God interrupted. Two disciples walking to Emmaus were interrupted when a “Stranger” joined them on the way. Saul experienced a Divine interruption on his way to Damascus.
Conscious of this, I pray over my schedule in the morning and tell God to feel free to interrupt at anytime (God will do it anyway, with our without permission). Then, when an interruption occurs (as it will), I silently ask God if this is a “God-moment” (actually, every moment is a God moment). I also ask the Almighty what my best course of action is, as well as for strength, wisdom and guidance. It has never failed.
Blessings on your continued Lenten journey.
Lord, like Jesus we can do nothing apart from you. Bless our day. Guide us in our daily activities. Sensitize us to Your interruptions and when this day draws to a close, grant to us sleep and the whisper of Your voice saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Amen.