57As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
59He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
60Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.”
62Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
The passage above is a very interesting passage and this morning I was reminded of it as I drove in to work. I was thinking about the blog I needed to write for my “You Can Be New” blog. I wanted to write about letting go, the process of letting go to become a new person. My mind drifted to this passage. Not sure why, but I figure God has His reasons. So once I finished the blog I looked it. Now I must admit, it’s not written exactly as I remember it, but this is the passage I was thinking of. God works in funny ways; he plants the seed of a passage, but plants it using the wrong soil (words). Hmmm…
The way I remembered the passage was the way I remember most things, I paraphrased it. I was looking for a passage where Jesus tells a man to leave his family, forgetting the part about burying his dead. I had no recollection of the plow nor the birds or foxes. Life is funny, and God truly works in mysterious ways.
But now that I am here, what could it be I am to take from this passage, what message does God want me to leave with after reading it? Several things stick out, with the death of my nephew in December and my mom going on just over 3 years and my father’s 11 years, could God be telling to let it go, to trust in him?
Or could God be telling me it’s time to move on to a new life in my faith, that it’s time to let the old one go?
I truthfully do not know, I just know that God has a message for me, and I must learn the lesson in my own time. It may come to me today or it may take years but either way I have some listening to do, for God is speaking to me.