Do you have motivations in your life that you use to keep you going “when the going gets tough” – as they say? Do you set rewards or look forward to eagerly anticipated plans for the future – when the present is sometimes difficult? This is the type of behavior we see characterizing David, the “man after God’s own heart, who will do My will.” (Acts 13:22) I find the 25th through 31st verses of our chapter in Acts today, to be quite moving in this regard.
While reading Luke 22 today, I was struck by a juxtaposition of two characters and their relationship with Jesus – namely, Judas and Peter. As I explored the parallel accounts in the other Gospels, an amazing underlying story emerged. I see it weaving an intricate message of two men in similar circumstances but with very different hearts and outcomes. One represents the seed of the serpent (i.e. the mind of the flesh) while the other is the seed of the woman (i.e. a person of faith).
When was the last time you remember looking intently at something? A person? A bug? A flower? A sunset? I recently discovered some skeletons of last year’s tomatillos in my garden, and delighted in examining them carefully. (Since, sadly, I didn’t eat many of them last summer, at least their growth has served an unexpected purpose) These tiny plant skeletons are fascinatingly beautiful. Marvelous, really. I have enjoyed looking intently at them over and over again.