letters. He went and signed up again and had no problem with the eye chart. He became a Trooper with XII MB Dragoons (18th Armoured Car Division).
It is fascinating how some people overcome the stumbling blocks in their lives. This gentleman could have just given up after the first "no" but he kept on towards his goal of joining the Military to help his country. And while I would not suggest we take devious means to reach our goal like the good Trooper did, he did it because he had a passion for reaching his goal. The passion for reaching his goal is what we need to remember!
And how much more do we need this passion to reach our goal in our Churches! What is your Church's story? And what has the Church you belong to done to reach the goal Jesus set before us to teach others of Him by spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the stories of Jesus. Things I would ask Jesus to tell me if he were here. Scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea. Stories of Jesus tell them to me. First let me hear how the children stood round his knee. And I shall fancy his blessing resting on me. Words of kindness, deeds full of grace, all of the love-light of Jesus’ face. Amen (Tell me the Stories of Jesus. Words by William Henry Parker. National Education Christian Council)
The disciples ask Jesus why he tells stories. Jesus replies that a story will ready people’s hearts. Some of the people (and the disciples) understand what Jesus is saying and have an insight into his teachings but other people have no readiness and haven’t a clue what Jesus is trying to teach. It is through the stories Jesus tells that people begin to understand what it means to be a follower of God.
Jesus then quotes from the prophet Isaiah and says that he doesn’t want the people to not understand. Their ears are open but they don’t hear a thing. Their eyes are alive but they don’t see at thing. The people turn away so that they do not have to look at Jesus face to face so he can heal them.
The Disciples have been blessed with a readiness to understand the words and teachings of Jesus.
How today do we turn away and not understand the teachings of Jesus? Are we like the people Isaiah is talking about that we shut out God because we don’t want to understand the teachings of Jesus?
Today ask God to open your eyes to a renewed understanding of the teachings of Jesus.
Creator God, open my eyes to renewed understandings of the teachings of Your son. Divine Healer, please instill within me feelings of peace, clarity, fulfillment, appreciation, and serenity. Allow me to experience harmony, unity, and support in my life and in my family. This I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.