Daily Delight

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

There comes a point where our pain tolerance is exceeded and we know we need someone other than ourselves to fix the problem, to take the pain away, to get well. What is it that prompts us to move beyond ourselves? We may look sick on the outside and have others pointing us where to get help, but is up to us in how we gage the internal suffering until the decision is made.

This is what Jesus faced with His disciples in the garden the night of his arrest. He instructs his disciples to watch and pray while he went off to pray alone (Mark 14:38 TNIV). Jesus comes back not just once, but three separate times to see His disciples sleeping rather than doing what He had asked. The disciples did not understand the importance of the instructions given by Jesus nor the magnitude of their sickness.

This was the night before Jesus was going to leave them to make the hospital. This was the night before Jesus would be crucified on the cross just to rise from the grave three days later so that they may be saved. He now calls all to “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” (Matthew 11:28 TNIV).

He called on His disciples three separate times to pray, to go to the Father, yet they still did not listen. I wonder if I do the same. I wonder if Jesus is calling me to come to Him, yet I am so confident in my own abilities to where I do not believe I need Him. It is easier to sleep than to wait up and pray. Just like it is easier to suppress the pain than to willingly lay it out and allow for healing.  He has come to expose all things to His light and everything that is illuminated becomes a light (Ephesians 5:13 TNIV). The Lord will heal what is brought into the light. It is up to us to come to the point in our pain where we press into Him.  

This is the choice we have to make each and every morning. I picture Jesus eagerly waiting for us to arise in the morning and choose Him first. He is standing in the doorframe waiting for us to choose Him. There is a constant healing waiting to take place. He simply waits for us to come to Him.

About the Author

Emily Watson≫ ≫Emily is a student at Oklahoma State University eagerly seeking the Creator and Savior of her soul. She is an avid lover of mornings, the golden hour, fresh flowers, coffee with cream, books, and quality time. You will often find her with a camera around her neck and a willingness to engage with others. The Lord continues to show her more and more of His glory and grace through the man made lens, which then spurs on her writing. You can see more of Emily’s photography and devotional writings at ewatsphotography.com.


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