Unhurryup!™ into Easter #35

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

At the beginning of Jesus' ministry, he heard his Father's words:

"You are my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."
(Mark 1:11) 

 Sit for 5 minutes repeating, "Jesus, you are the beloved..."
Every time your thoughts get distracted, come back to center your soul with this phrase - adoring him, turning your attention to him.

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

Several places in the Bible also tell us that we are God's beloved children (Rom 8: 15-17; 1 Jn 3:1) and that nothing can separate us from His love (Rom 8:38-39).

So, for the next five minutes, gently repeat the truth: "Jesus, I am your beloved son/daughter..."

Pay attention to any internal, cynical "yea, but's" that you make: "Yea, but, I really haven't...I should...I'm not sure...if only I was more...." etc.
For each "yea, but..." whisper, "I am Your beloved, and nothing that I feel in this moment can separate me from your love."

Take note of how you are able to embrace or how you resist this truth. What happened as your perception of yourself encountered God's perception of you?

Notice what stirs your soul as you interact with the following:

Read Mark 14:3–53And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. 4There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? 5For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 

If you recall, Blind Bartemaeus was scolded for screaming impolitely for Jesus. Now we have a woman  busting into a "good ol' boys' dinner and making a scene by pouring out her costly perfume on Jesus.

As you read the verses above again - imagine yourself in the story. What would it feel like to walk into a room of men reclining at the dinner table. What would it smell like? How would you feel? Pay attention to your body as you imagine yourself in the scene - either watching or being the woman or being someone watching her. Did your pulse quicken? Are you tense anywhere? Breathing differently? Ask God, "What is it that is making me respond this way?"

What do you notice as you imagine yourself in that scene? How does the "vibe" of others indignation and scolding stir you? How do you want to respond?

 Now read the rest of the story - Mark 14: 6-9 - imagining yourself hearing Jesus' words about you.

6But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. 8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. 9And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Again, imagine yourself hearing Jesus' defense of you. How does that feel? Are you able to embrace that your actions, though scolded, are beautiful? Again, pay attention to your body as you hear Jesus interact with you - or watch Him interact with the woman in the scene. Is your body different? The same? How so?

As you engage with this scene, what in your own life did it stir up in you?

Take 3-5 minutes and listen to what God has to say to you re: how this connects to your current life/circumstances.

Now, breathe deeply and ask God, "In what simple ways have I done beautiful things to you?"

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

As you leave this space, ask God to help you "to do what you can" - no more, no less - as you seek ways to demonstrate your gratitude for Him this week.


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