One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Luke 1-2.
“Everyone who heard about it reflected on these events and asked, “What will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was surely upon him in a special way.” ~Luke 1:66
John the Baptist, full of potential with all of his life in front of him and the hand of the Lord on him in a “special way.”
I wonder what the people thought years later when John was living in the wilderness, seemingly crazy, eating locusts and honey as he “prepared the way for something greater.” I mean really, what could be greater than eating locusts in isolation! Did the people still trust that the “Lord was upon John in a special way?”
I wonder what the people thought when John was swimming around in the river talking about this strange practice called baptism. When they dubbed him “John the Baptist,” did they use it as an honorable title, a nickname, or a form of mockery? Did they still trust that the “Lord was upon him in a special way?”
At the end of John’s life when his head was being served on a platter as a gift to an attractive girl, I wonder what the people thought. Is this what it’s like to have the Lord’s hand on our lives in a special way?
John would have been lost in the pages of history had it not been for Jesus. From locusts, to strange ways of experiencing God, to literally losing his mind, John’s life might have looked like a waste of potential to everybody around him, but he never seemed to care about what others thought; he just kept focusing on the life of Jesus. John lived a life that presented Jesus to the world, and he consistently lived in a way that communicated how “Jesus must become greater, while he becomes less.”
It doesn’t matter what the people think, if Jesus is becoming greater in your life, than the Lord’s hand is upon you!
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?