I have kept up with our church reading so far, and it’s great to have a chronology of Christ’s life. Here are 3 things I learned this week:
1. So, when Jesus is walking on the water and Peter comes out on the water with him, and at the beginning he’s fine and then he starts to sink and Jesus catches him (which is so reminicent of a new walker just learning how to traverse the playroom) and the reason he starts to sink is his doubt. THAT. IS. SO. ME. Goodness, God tells me to go through with something, and I think, “YAH! I’m gonna SO DO THAT!” and I start and then all the sudden I start to doubt, and I sink. I’m not saying that it doesn’t take courage to start the journey, but I the largest amount of faith comes from continuing on, walking high and tall til’ you reach Christ. I’m a doubter, give Peter some slack, people.
2. I love parables. In fact, I think they are a better way for me to learn than actually saying “Hilary, this is what you should do.” There’s so many levels to learn on, it’s sometimes easier to compare them to our own life. I love them. And so should you. A perfect God teaches in perfect ways, it’s true. I’ve been trying to find ways to use parables to teach my kids — I often learn something in the process.
3. After coming down from the Mount of Transfiguration Christ was met with a whole lotta “crap” (can’t think of a better word). Just things being thrown at him from every angle. So often I comee off a personal moment of “transfiguration” and after basking in the glory that moment was, I am thrown into the fire. It’s comforting to know that the god I pray to has a sure knowledge of how that feels.
Anyway, just some thoughts of what I pondered on this week. It is definitely putting how I view Christmas in a different tone, which is interesting because I am also in ka-hoots with Santa on some serious fun from him as well. I’ve always thought that Christlike love and Santa combined well, and I’m even seeing it more strongly now.