May 10, 2006

a bit lost...

Sometimes the greatest test of faith lies deep beneath the surface.

Take Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, for example, and how it leads up to the birth of the church.

"Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. "Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." (Mark 14:35-36)

Below the surface - a confrontation.

You're confused and afraid...
so where do you turn?

Do you listen to your head?
Or do you follow your heart?

About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46)

A Father separated from his son.

A call for help.

An act of desperation.

It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:44-46)

A new day dawns... and the same threat remains.

And as conflict with the others grow closer, some questions may be answered.

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. (Luke 24:45)

When it's all on the line, where do you stand?
Do you listen to reason? Or rely on faith?

How do you know?

What do you do when your faith is put to the test?

Trapped in the hatch and no way out, whom do you trust?

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting." (Acts 2:1-2)

In crisis comes discovery... but where does it all lead?

Can you survive on faith alone?

Or do you take matters into your own hands?

To right what is wrong... what would you do?

2 comments:

Melanie Morales said...

I went through this - three particular events in my life that I can think of specifically. Faith and God were enough - thank goodness - because that's all I had at those particular times.

Sometimes we forget that besides prayer - we can listen to God, as well. Just take the time and "Be still and know that He is God." That He alone is "The Way, The Truth, and The Life." Sometimes, He's just waiting on a park bench for us to stop and be still and be quiet.

He'll speak to your heart and it will totally blow you away.

scott said...

very intriguing questions with verses. isn't it amazing how everyone's journey could be summed up like this?