Daily Devotional January 13, 2021

Because of Shannon’s shoulder surgery, she has been unable to drive for the past two and a half months.  This has meant on the days she has therapy appointments, she has had to drive into work with me.  These early morning trips have led to some fascinating conversations.

Yesterday, as we were driving to the church, we passed a field filled with longhorn cows.  As we drove by, one of the cows stared at us.  Shannon said, “Have you ever noticed longhorn cows always look constipated?”

I don’t even know what that means.

I have a lot of conversations that I don’t understand but I’m not the only one.

One night, Nicodemus came to Jesus with questions about what it meant to truly follow God’s call and claim on his life.  Nicodemus was genuinely searching for God but he didn’t understand.

As Jesus patiently explained what it meant to be born again, he defined his reason for being.  Jesus said, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”  (John 3:16-17)

It’ clear Nicodemus did not understand what Jesus was talking about, but he didn’t dismiss Jesus’ words.  Eventually, he understood the conversation. 

While scripture never tells us when Nicodemus became a believer, we know he did because of his act of love in helping Joseph of Arimathea prepare Jesus’ body for burial.  (John 19:39)  He finally got it.

Like Nicodemus, you too may be struggling in your faith journey.  Don’t give up on the conversation with the Holy.  Don’t walk away from the only One who can mend your brokenness.  Don’t turn your back on the Giver of Life, Love, and Purpose.  Give it time and let the Spirit continue to speak.  You will get it.

I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I do have The Answer.

It’s a baby, born in a barn who came to save us from ourselves.

That’s all that matters.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, give me clarity, joy, and peace.  Wash away my stains and make me the person you created me to be.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

While I expect to have confusing conversations with Shannon for the rest of my life, I’m good with it.  I really like her.

God’s conversation is much easier.  It’s all about the Word made Flesh.  There’s no confusion there.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins