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give your whole
life to god

By McKenna Takach
March 26, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE to read today’s passages.
Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25
Luke 7:11-35
Psalm 68:19-35
Proverbs 11:29-31

“Are you the one who is to come or should we expect someone else?” 

I wonder if John hesitated before sending his followers with that question to Jesus. John was in prison at this point, and couldn’t bring the message himself, but the question was laced with discouragement and perhaps even doubt. From inside of the prison, I’d imagine glimpses of the Kingdom he longed for seemed far off and perhaps pretend. 

We all get in places like this. When life hasn’t turned out the way we expected, or it’s just plain confusing, sometimes we turn around and squint down the path we’ve come from, wondering if we made the wrong turn somewhere. 

While Shelter in Place is far from prison, there has been a sense of disillusionment that has clouded things, to say the least. Grief, confusion, anger, disbelief…. All have had their place in my conversations with God. I have many times turned around and asked him, “Lord, will you tell me just once more? Who are you? Who am I? Where am I going?” 

God rarely answers like I expect, and yes or no answers don’t seem to be his thing. Jesus didn’t answer John that way either.

When I play this scene in my head, Jesus’ face beams with gladness at the hope he could offer his friend. Jesus responds by telling John’s messengers of his deeds. More than an answer, Jesus tempts John back into faith that the Kingdom of Heaven has, infact, come near. Jesus was it. John didn’t have to expect anyone else. 

The Holy Spirit has poked through the haze of my discomfort this week to say, “Remember what you have seen and heard: This is not all there is.” My prayer is he does the same for you this morning so we can see through our circumstances to the greater things coming from the hands of our good God.

Love, McKenna

To memorize:
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
    who daily bears our burdens.
—Psalm 68:19