Today’s Scripture readings: Psalm 22, Jer. 29:1,4-13, Rom. 11:13-24, John 12:1-10
Precious Moments. There are entire companies dedicated to capturing and selling snapshots of these moments together. From small children depicting some of life’s more adorable memories to faceless families in an eternal embrace, the world is trying to capture the memory of a moment. John writes of one such moment and the moment was powerful. Mary, the sister of Lazarus, comes in and anoints Jesus’ feet with an expensive jar of perfume then wipes his feet with her hair. This moment of intimacy gives the reader the shy feeling of intrusion, and I’ve often left this story with a feeling of uneasiness. What do moments of intimacy with the Savior look like in my life? Through the years many answers to this question have been offered. Some include time in prayer, participation in worship songs, even daily devotion. While these are not wrong, and during different phases of my life these have been intimate and priceless, in this moment with two young children, a job, a home to care for, and in the midst of losing a family member, I’m finding the intimacy with Christ to be much simpler. A whispered moment in the midst of hurt, the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit when I need it most, the hand of a loved one holding my own and not letting go. These moments are when I look to my Savior with my heart open wide and say, ” You are my Rock, You are my Fortress, You Who lead me are worthy of praise.”
I love that as I read this the song “Lord I Need You” is playing from my computer. “Lord I need you, Oh I need you, every hour I need you. My one defense, my righteousness, oh God how I need you.” Thank you Jennifer for your honest words, you have created this kind of moment for me today!