It was cloudy and then the light started streaming in this morning in a matter of seconds, dark and light.
It got me thinking about Jesus portrayed in The Chosen Series. Who is watching The Chosen?
I love it so much, so so much. What struck me the most was who Jesus had around him: they were all kind of misfits. Peter was so zealous, always ready for a fight (and Jesus knew he would fail him later) but Jesus just smiled at him tenderly & calmed him with his presence.
That same smile, those same eyes, calmed a woman at the well, unruly and unfaithful. Matthew was a dishonest tax collector (a most hated profession) an OCD control freak, always studying , always trying to predict , always having to get out of his head. Mary Magdalene was welcomed in a group of men after being a demon possessed wild woman with no hope of redemption . John the Baptist , his cousin, a true zealot, people thought was crazy… he paved the way for our savior. Andrew, tender and faithful , led peter to Christ and then likely lived in his shadow. Thomas , we know he teetered between doubtful and faithful. That’s not all of them, but what stands out to me is that there was room for all of them at the table. What a rag tag group of misfits!
We get so stuck in believing everyone needs to be more like “us” when God wants us to be more like Him. I have so struggled with this lately. I am very much up in my head, and Jesus has been faithful to challenge me to exude love over my opinions. It has been a test of discipline and I have failed in moments.
When I look up, not “over there”, I am immediately met with tenderness and His Presence, not condemnation. Because I have been given such grace, I do not turn around and condemn others. It’s hard to strangle someone for 5 bucks when you owe a million.