John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked
Jesus, ‘How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are
fasting, but Yours are not?’ Jesus answered, ‘How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is
with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. But the time will
come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will
fast.’” Mark 2:18-20
A few years
ago my wife and I attended a picnic for the preschoolers at our church. It was a beautiful day. We sat on quilts spread on the ground in the
courtyard, which was located next to the church auditorium. We ate great food and watched happy,
energetic children run and play games.
Everyone had a great time.
children played, I began to notice somber men and women, dressed in dark suits
and dresses, making their way from the parking lot to the auditorium. They were there for a funeral. For a moment I was very uncomfortable to
think about having such a good time at a picnic while other people, who were
sad and grieving, were arriving to mourn their friend.
something dawned on me. Every day, some
people are going to picnics and some people are going to funerals. However, no matter what circumstance we find ourselves
in – whether in great happiness or in deep sadness - we can have real and
lasting joy in Jesus Christ. The joy
found in Jesus surpasses our circumstances. So, today, whether you are having a
picnic kind of day, a funeral kind of day, or any kind of day in between, thank
God for His gift of radical joy!
Have a great
day and keep moving forward!
Posted on 11/11/2014
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under