I suppose that could be yet another metaphor of sorts... I was sitting inside on my couch dutifully staring at a Bible verse in listening prayer... when I could have been wandering through the park wallowing in this morning's sunrise.
Photo by Carlos Azarte
So they went out and preached that men should change their whole outlook. Mark 6:12
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him- but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
That was the problem with the hometown folks in Nazareth. They thought they knew it all about the simple carpenter, the son of Mary, who grew up in their village. So they were deeply offended when He stepped outside of their small box, rather smashed through the invisible walls that held them from all that God had prepared for them, whom He first loved. Whom He was calling to love Him.
So Lord Jesus, into what small boxes have I placed you? So small that I don’t see what You have prepared outside of my conceiving?
And this Helper that You promised, this Comforter, Who is to reveal all things? Someone to stand by me, to be with me always? The Spirit of truth; He is with me now and is in my heart. You said that I will not be left alone in the world—that You have come to me.
And to this Jesus replied, “When a man loves me, he follows my teaching. Then my Father will love him, and we will come to that man and make our home within him.
I leave behind with you—peace; I give you my own peace and my gift is nothing like the peace of this world. You must not be distressed and you must not be daunted.
Do you love me, Peter?
You know I do.
Then feed my sheep.
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And, well, maybe you need to get outside more often and look at My sunrise. To celebrate this changed outlook.