Dunno if I've mentioned this before. If I have, you can read it again. It's short. A friend gave me a book called Jesus Calling. It's a little pocket or purse sized devotional book with a different reading for every day of the year. The author wrote it in the voice of Jesus. I'm trying to read it, a new little page every day. And I'm sharing my thoughts and feelings about it with a friend. Lucky you. Today I'm sharing it here too.
So, today's reading is about Jesus shining down Peace to me and surrounding me with His Peace in the sea of problems I face day to day. It's about being safer the closer I am to Jesus. It's about simply calling out to Him and getting help.
To preface, I don't hear the voice of Jesus at all in most of these readings. For me, if it's any celestial voice, it's more God than Jesus. I see Jesus as a man, to be regarded highly among men, possibly God-like. Having Holy. But separate from God. I think the Jesus/God distinction is a cultural thing. In my culture, people often use "Jesus" to mean "God" and to them, it's one in the same, sort of. I dunno . . .
I want today’s reading to be true for me. It seems so simple. In my current state of mind, I find it insulting, a trick, a hope that is designed to kill. “When you start to sink, simply call out ‘Help me, Jesus!’ and I will lift you up.” This is NOT something that my experience tells me is true in the least. I could call out until my throat is raw and be so focused on some God thing helping me that I forget to survive. It’s a trick (Luci thiks so too).
That said, I do like the part of God shining on me and sending Peace. I can hope for that, maybe (Luci is still sure it’s a trick. She might be right). Time will tell.