Unhurryup!™ into Easter #30

Lean into God's love, centering your attention and focus toward Him.

Grab a blanket or shawl and wrap it around your shoulders.
Imagine this is God's love, enfolding you.
Sit, or walk, pulling the blanket tighter.
Pay attention to how you feel as you sense His presence around you.
Take a few deep breaths and as you exhale, 
"Lord, your love surrounds me."

Write down one word or short phrase of how you feel as you come to this time.

Evaluate honestly how you are as you come into His presence.

In many of the Psalms, the writer is overcome with praise at God's amazing work. Then, in an instant, he is filled with anger, hatred, loathing, fretfulness, questioning. "How long, O Lord, how Long?" Do you have any seeming contradictory thoughts and feelings today? Frustration and Gratitude? Overwhelmed, yet secure? How do you feel as you honestly open your heart to God today?

Notice what stirs your soul as you interact with the following:
Mark 10:31-37
But many [who are now] first will be last [then], and many [who are now] last will be first [then].
They were on the way going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on in front of them; and they were bewildered and perplexed and greatly astonished, and those [who were still] following were seized with alarm and were afraid. And He took the Twelve [apostles] again and began to tell them what was about to happen to Him,    [Saying], Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be turned over to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn and sentence Him to death and turn Him over to the Gentiles.
    And they will mock Him and spit on Him, and whip Him and put Him to death; but after three days He will rise again [from death].
    And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached Him and said to Him, Teacher, we desire You to do for us whatever we ask of You.
    And He replied to them, What do you desire Me to do for you?
    And they said to Him, Grant that we may sit, one at Your right hand and one at [Your] left hand, in Your glory (Your majesty and splendor).

This is the third time Jesus reveals to his disciples what lies ahead for him. This is the third time they are unable to "handle" or be present with him in his pain.
Read the passage again - and imagine what it would be like to hear Jesus talking about his death to you. What emotions do you have?
Sit for a moment and take in the scene - how do you feel.

Read the passage again. Slowly.

As you continue to journey toward Jesus' death and resurrection - how difficult is it to stay present to His suffering? What would you rather talk to him about?

Take 3-5 minutes in silence. What God might want to say to you.

Trust Him to open your heart toward fully receiving and living into His love.

Do you feel differently than how you came into this time? How so? or not?
How do you want to respond?

As you leave this space, ask God to help you be aware of His desires - even in the midst of your own aspirations.


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