Welcome summer! I am glad you are here!
A few years ago I attended a seminar that taught us to ask Jesus questions. I admit, it seemed a little strange to expect Jesus to answer my questions. After all, wasn’t my mind just primed to hear an answer based on the information I knew about Jesus? So essentially, I would be answering my own questions, right?!
But I gave it a try anyway. I was pleasantly surprised. This morning as I was getting ready for the day, I pondered my blog posts from the last few days. I thought about Jesus and his choices that separated him from his family. I thought about what he might have struggled with in doing that. I wondered how it felt to him. So, I decided to ask him. “How did you feel not doing what your father expected?”
And before the thought was barely formed, I heard an answer. You can think I’m crazy – you might not be the first – but I heard an answer. I heard him say, “I did exactly what my Father wanted me to do.”
No where in my thinking was that idea even remotely present. I have been so blessed all day as I keep coming back to that simple statement. He did exactly what his father wanted. Along with this simple statement came an immediate understanding that Jesus’ eyes were on His Father in heaven, not his earthly family.
I encourage you to give it a try. What is the issue you are struggling with right now? Ask Jesus about it. Do you feel rejected or left out? Ask Jesus how he handled rejection. Are you feeling overwhelmed with ministry/job/personal responsibilities? Ask Jesus how he dealt with the stress and pressure of responsibility.
Psalm 62 begins with these words: “I wait quietly before God…” and verse 5 says, “Let all that I am wait quietly before God…” The Hebrew word translated “I” in these verses relates to the inner person but is also related to the physical, animate life including the seat of cravings and desires. In essence, the psalmist is saying “let all of me – spirit, body and mind – wait quietly before God….”
And therein lies the secret. Taking the time to ask the question and then confidently believing what you hear.
What have you got to lose? Maybe a few seconds of the day. No one is going to know, so no embarrassment if it “doesn’t work.” A little word of advice – often the first thing you hear is what the Lord wants you to know. Listen carefully and don’t over analyze. If it seems whacky, check it with a stable friend. And as always, I would love to hear your experiences. Don’t be afraid to use the Contact page to leave me a personal message.