Today I was in John again. This time the disciples were the ones who hit me.
Many times I’ve seen John write that the guys heard what Jesus said, but didn’t really get it – until later. Today was more of the same. In the upper room they were all confused, full of questions. “What’s He talking about?” “Who’s going to betray Him?” “Where is He going?” “Why can’t I go too?” Jesus gives them reassurance and comfort. He also lets them know that they will understand… later.
Our instant society + my “hurry it up” personality = not too keen on “later.” I’m also not too keen on unanswered questions. As I was reading and journaling today, God convicted me that sometimes it takes time to see. At least to see clearly. The disciples had willing hearts. They were following Jesus. But they still got caught up in the earthly perspective, the actual literal words Jesus said, instead to seeing the deeper spiritual meaning. But eventually…later… they got it.
Just like the man whose sight was restored in stages.
Sometimes clear vision comes a little at a time.
(Hey – that’s 2 themes merging together! How awesome – only God!!)
My job is to keep going. To be faithful to read and study God’s Word consistently. To pray for understanding. But to be (dare I say it?!?!) patient, knowing that God will bring understanding to me in His perfect timing. I won’t get it all at once.
As I write this, it’s pouring rain and dark outside.
But I’ve said to a few people today,
“I’m praying for vision that sees beyond the clouds.”
I’m comforted, knowing I can count on God to give me that vision –
in His perfect timing.
How’s your vision?