We observed Ash Wednesday this week, a season when we intentionally remember to keep turning back to God. This week's text reminds us that it is God, through Jesus, who comes to us first before we even have the thought to turn and see him. It is the Holy Spirit at work in us, giving us the very thought to turn to God. What if we decided in this Lenten season to notice how Jesus keeps coming to us? What happens when Jesus comes to us?
Mark 1:29-34 NLT
After Jesus left the synagogue with James and John, they went to Simon and Andrew’s home. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away. 31 So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.
32 That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. 33 The whole town gathered at the door to watch. 34 So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak.
For Reflection and Prayer:
Lord, what are you pointing at for me in this passage?
How might Jesus be coming to me at this very moment?
What is it like for Jesus to be beside you in your hard place, take your hand and help you up? Have a conversation with Jesus about this.
Do you have a story or stories of Jesus coming to you? Perhaps take time to remember them and record them in your journal.