David Bowe recently passed away...but I always think of the above song when I hear Mark 6. Jesus had changed. He changed when he was cradled in John the Baptizer's arms, was dunked in the Jordan River, came up gasping for air and water running from his face...and a dove descended and he heard, "You are my beloved." That will change you. He was in the wilderness...tempted...that will change you. He was transformed as he started preaching about God's realm being right here and right inside you. That kind of message can change you. He was transformed as he healed people Imagine being able to take away pain...but perhaps Jesus absorbed some of the pain too. Those kinds of moments can change and challenge you. He preached...some he offended...some he softened hearts. The responses of people will change you.
There are changes in life. Sometimes when we change others around us don't like it. Have you ever wanted to change something and those around you try to tell you it is a bad idea; more because of who they are and less because of who you are or what you want to do? That has happened to me. Ch-ch-cha-changes might be part of life, but we don't always like it.
The people in the synagogue wanted Jesus to remain stuck where he was...wanted him to stay who he was. Unfortunately, this can still happen in churches today. The phrase, "We've never done it that way before" comes to mind. Change awakens some fear, upsets the equilibrium we crave.
So, what kinds of changes are you facing right now?
How are other people responding?
How are others speaking truth in love?
How are they speaking truth for the sake of keeping the peace?
Those are tough questions that need more than trace of God's grace. May you feel and experience God's presence as you prayerfully ponder this.
Grace and peace ~