The journey of life - a road paved with people, events and surprises. My first year of college in 1998, I went to Catalina Island on something called the Mark Study, an inductive bible study that goes through the gospel of Mark which documents the life of Jesus. Inductive studies are challenging because you are asked to read the scripture, look up corresponding passages that link to what you are reading, review cultural context, ask questions and seek answers. Finally, the next step is to respond and apply the word. Through this intense study of the life of Jesus, I was taught to ASK. SEEK. RESPOND.
The question asked of me at the end of this study after seeing how Jesus loved and walked with his disciples, cared for the lost, widow, poor, healed the sick and finally dying for humanity, the question was the same question he asked his first disciples.
Do you want to follow me (Jesus)?
Will you walk with me (Jesus)?
My response, yes!
Little did I know that saying yes means a life of surrendering to God’s will (as Jesus did), giving up my dreams, in exchange for his dreams for me, and a narrow path that many will travel, but few will stay on. Since that day from Mark study, I’ve been faithful, then not so faithful, then coming back to ASK AGAIN of JESUS. SHOW ME! IF I SEEK, WILL I FIND? WHAT WILL I FIND?
So, if anyone is reading this, I would ask you to join me in asking. I have a gazillion questions! How does Jesus meet all my desires, that I shall thirst no more? When my husband and I don’t agree, how do I find trust and respect to hear each other out? What do I do with pain that life brings? Why am I always stressed? Why does God answer some prayers and not other? How do I parent my child so that he will know Jesus? If I choose to put Jesus first in all that I do, will he really meet the desires of my heart?
So, Project SEEK FIRST THE KINDGOM, which came fromt his passage in Matthew 6:25-33. I want to seek and I will share what I find.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.