Monday, January 20

Mark 4:10-20

A friend and I were talking about a retreat we recently attended and what impact the teachings we’d heard were having on us. My friend, who is in her mid-sixties said, “I heard these things years ago, but never did much with them. This time is different. You know the saying, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher shows up’?”

Jesus tells his disciples, To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables (v. 11). The funny thing is, the disciples are having trouble even understanding the parable. But then the Teacher shows up. Jesus proceeds to explain in terms that they understand. 

I get frustrated with myself at times because I feel as though I should be further along in my Christian journey. The demands of family life and the requirements of my professional life seem to compete with the attention my spiritual life needs. Or so I think.

But then another Voice speaks and invites me to stop treading water, to let go and just float in the ocean of grace. In time, the mysteries that I want the answers to now will be revealed. The parables will be understood. My ship is not going to sail without me. If a ship sets sail, then it wasn’t my ship. When I am ready, my Teacher will
show up.

Consider

What do you already understand about God? Why is that enough for now? 

Pray

God, I open myself to all this day has to offer me—both its mystery and its revelation. Help me let go of worrying about “where I am” on this journey and learn to simply be with you. Amen.

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