Life Is Change
Read: MARK 1:9-15
Mark describes a moment of profound change in Jesus’s life. One day he lays aside his carpentry tools and goes to the Jordan River. When he comes home again after a couple months, he has been anointed by the Holy Spirit, fasted for 40 days, and won his first battle with the devil. His baptizer and PR man is in jail. It’s time to start a whole new life.
In my late 20s I was right where I thought I belonged. After six years in Barcelona I was serving in a local church. I had just joined a parachurch campus ministry and gotten engaged. However, I started facing my inadequacies in student work and “commitment phobia” regarding marriage. Then the church elected a board of elders that didn’t include me.
I returned to Connecticut discouraged, confused, and doubting myself and God. Slowly things began to change—new service opportunities, a career in carpentry, and marriage to Clara, the girl I had left behind.
Father, thanks for leading us through life’s changes. AMEN.