Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Seeking God

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. And demons also came out from many, shouting, "You are the Son of God." But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ. At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him.
Luke 4:40-42

We had first read about Simon's mother and her fever being rebuked, where she was able to get up and serve those who were there. To another part where many sick came seeking to be cured. The testimony of those who were filled with demons, for all to hear that Jesus is the Son of God, is quite something. Imagine that, it took demons to say who Jesus really is.But Jesus in his humble way rebuked them to be silent. It was for mankind to understand this on their own.

We read of Jesus going off to a deserted place. Not to escape from doing what is asked of him, but to purify himself, to renew and refresh. From this we are given his example of having to rest in order to refresh our souls by placing ourselves in God's hands and leaving at his feet all we have taken upon ourselves for the sake of his kingdom. Jesus didn't go off for weeks on end, but for brief periods to pray.

What stops us from doing the same in our everyday life, taking time to pray and renew our spirit. To give what clutters our life over to God. Taking moments of silence to listen, and giving moments of silence to conversation to our Lord in return. These are the moments we create our deserted place to renew and refresh our lagging spirit.

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