When I was growing up my parents were into educational trips. If they could drive there, they took my brother and me.
Wherever we went I collected free brochures and took them home to put in a shirt box. I called it my History Box. My History Box helped me remember where I’d been, what I’d seen, and what I’d learned.
I think I learned a lot, but my dad might disagree. On almost every trip he accused us of spending more time studying the floor mats of the car than the important sites we were passing. One time we really were on the floor of the car, but that’s because we were passing the Empire State Building and we had to get as low as possible to see the top of it from inside the car. (Case closed on that one, Dad!)
I wonder if Jesus is into educational trips, too.
It seems as though every time the disciples take a boat trip with Jesus, they learn something new about Him – on one trip He calms a storm, on another He walks on water.
Once again, the disciples find themselves aboard a boat with Jesus.
Wouldn’t you assume they’re discussing something deep and theological? Not so much. It’s going more like this:
“What do you mean we only have one loaf of bread to share? Oh, man! Who was supposed to pack lunch?”
Here they are, alone in a boat with the Son of God, and this is the topic of conversation? I picture Jesus smiling to Himself, shaking His head at His well-loved disciples and thinking, “Oh, Father, they just don’t get it.”
Jesus enters their conversation.
No angry lectures.
No impatient, “Haven’t we been over this a hundred times?”
He leads them to understanding through conversation – asking questions to take them from head knowledge to heart evaluation and life application.
Perceive ye not yet?
Where have you seen My provision or heard My voice?
Remember when I broke the five loaves among five thousand, and the seven among four thousand? Remember the leftovers?
Shift your focus to Me and the history of My activity in your life and you will perceive Who I am.
It’s sort of like those trips of my childhood and my History Box. It’s all about my focus.
It’s a lot easier to perceive Jesus when I am intent on being aware – studying what I see and hear instead of the floor mats.
Remembering where I’ve seen His provision and heard His voice yesterday gives me confidence that He is active in my today.
Making a decision to flood my soul with the contents of that History Box moves me to thanksgiving and expectation.
Step into the boat with Jesus.
Join the conversation.
Be refreshed with where it leads.
Have you caught on yet to Who I am? Do you get it?
Watch and listen for Me.
Remember when and where you’ve seen My provision yesterday, last week, last year.
Let Me help you see Me in your history and in your today.
Perceive Who I am and how much I love you.
See you next week – I’ll be starting a special Christmas series.