Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Journey Forward

When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?" Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village. Luke 9:54-56

Have we ever gone on vacation with all the best plans laid out, to find we are not welcome because of where we come from or who we are. With it marring the time we will be spending there. In those moments don't we want to do as the apostles asked of Jesus, to send down fire to consume them. Or wish problems on those who didn't quite treat us the way we wanted them too. We don't have Jesus rebuking us as the apostles did or rebuking those who did not receive us either. But we read instead of how Jesus moved on to another village.

It's not always easy when a pre-paid vacation spot can cause so much distress. But in the long run if it can be done then moving to another hotel or Town would be worth it. For the sake of not ruining the plans that were made.

Should this scenario have happened to anyone, the one thing that does happen is how we turn out to be complainers. All because our vacations were ruined by unwelcome people. Even for the best Christians complaining is at it's best then, without realizing what we do.

So next time we take a trip and things are not up to par move on to another place rather than bring ourselves down to the level of being unchristian by getting angry or complaining, think about Jesus and his journey to Jerusalem and not being welcome on his way there and how he moved on to another village. Are we not to imitate him? Then let us do so.

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