Thursday, March 19, 2020
Pastor Nancy Lewis

Ask God

Mark 4:10-12

When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, “‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!

Whenever I read this passage I am so glad that Jesus’s disciples asked Him…”What does all this mean?”  They were walking along a normal path, Jesus points out that there are different soils and that the potential for the seed depends on the soil that it encountered. This seemed normal for what they usually saw with their eyes, and heard with their ears, but they could not understand what else Jesus was trying to show them.  There had to be more to it.  Jesus would always have a deeper message.

Do you feel like you are living these days in a similar way?  You lookout the window, the sky is still blue, or rain is coming down, and normal springtime signs are showing, but there is so much deeper that is going on.  What does all this mean?

Jesus told us we have been given the secret of the Kingdom of Heaven. What is the secret?

God is sovereign over all!  He is in control and He is alive and active in our world.  He has a message for the world, the world that He created and that He loves, the world and all the people that He created, the people He loves so much that He would die for them.  His message is come to me.  Plant your life-filled seed deeply in me.  I am the source of life that will cause you to grow and flourish.  Just ask me, invite me into your life to bring you wisdom, knowledge, comfort, joy, peace.

What kinds of things can we ask Him for today?  For being open to seeing new possibilities in this time.  For gaining new understanding and trust of Him. For engaging with others in new ways, offering hope and comfort because we can access that through Him.  This is an unpresented time.  Ask God what it means.