Jesus affirms a couple of our hunches about life: the centrality of relationship, the importance of justice, our responsibility to the poor, the preciousness of beauty, the value of meaning and purpose, the elusive significance of truth. Before long, we start to get a sense that Jesus is headed where we’ve wanted to go all along, and we start to follow him, trusting that he knows the best way to get there. To be sure, Jesus takes some puzzling turns along the way—moments where our nascent trust is put to the test. We may find ourselves answering even more questions: Will I find my purpose in life by laying it down for others? Does justice require me to take the short end of the stick? But, over time, our hunch becomes conviction, and bit by bit we’re willing to follow Jesus’ counterintuitive turns along the road.
—Matthew Croasmun, Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD is a rock for all ages.
—Isaiah 26:4 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Give me the patience, focus, and strength to pause, listen, and reflect on what you ask of me. What do you ask of me today?
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