Scripture: Luke 21:5-11

When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, Jesus said, ‘All these things you are staring at now – the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another: everything will be destroyed.’

And they put to him this question: ‘Master,’ they said ‘when will this happen, then, and what sign will there be that this is about to take place?’
‘Take care not to be deceived,’ he said ‘because many will come using my name and saying, “I am he” and, “The time is near at hand.” Refuse to join them. And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened, for this is something that must happen but the end is not so soon.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines here and there; there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.’

Observation

It’s so easy to be taken by the material elements of this world and forget the creator of it all. I was at the beach on the weekend and my friend said to me that he felt for people that looked upon the beauty of nature without seeing God in amongst it. What a great reminder that was for me and it immediately drew me in to Gods presence.
Jesus says take care! I had to look up the meaning of care to see if it could bring a context to me –“the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something”. Many other words are connected to care such as caution, carefulness, wariness, awareness, heedfulness, heed, attention, attentiveness, alertness, watchfulness, vigilance, circumspection, prudence, guardedness, observance.
In this world there are many reasons to get distracted and loose this awareness of our own spiritual health particularly around media exposure to all the conflicts and tragedy that appears to everywhere you look. But Jesus says not to be afraid. It’s easy to say to someone, don’t worry about it, it’s all going to be OK, sometimes that sounds downright flippant. This would be the case for Jesus if he hadn’t left us the holy spirit, his living word, his love, a way in which to self-care and keep faith. He lives in us, we have nothing to fear if we can keep him close and be aware of his presence.

Application

I seem to getting a pattern of messages from Jesus lately that all lead to the same place. I am here now, here in you and if you just become aware of my presence then all will be good. There is nothing to fear if only you trust me and care for yourself. Care for myself is my application and what does this care look like. I have known for a long time that the greatest barrier I have in accepting the presence of Jesus is the way in which I judge myself as not good enough, not worthy, too busted up. This is all contrary to what he asks of me, it’s just not caring for myself at all. I have had three days in a row of relative peace, very unusual for me, but gee its nice. I realise that what I have done is I have just left everything up to Jesus and I haven’t had a plan or strong desire. Me without a plan or strategy, very not me! So that’s what I will go with today, every time I start to plan for the future on any number of matters, I will just say, ” I trust in you Jesus and leave it up to you”.

Prayer

Lord Jesus,
Your plan is so much greater than anything that I can conjure up
Let me rest in the knowledge that you have nothing but love for me and your desire for me is nestled in peace and joy
I relinquish my desires and submit to your presence in my life, in my body, in my heart
I am grateful
I am honoured to be called
I am blessed with your love
I am yours
Amen