While Others Wonder

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I received an email from a friend overseas some time ago, and among the things that were expressed was a particular phrase that somewhat appealed to me.

Although written in a completely different context, my mind began to form all sorts of ideas around what I thought to be a rather beautiful phrase ... "While Others Wonder".

The following thoughts are designed to bring a little bit of hope, cheer and affirmation to the weary hearted Christian who may be feeling a little underappreciated or doubting your particular pathway at the moment owing to overwhelming circumstances.

This time of the year we can often feel a little overwhelmed and distracted when we have set our paths in a particular direction and all has to come to a temporary halt for the more pressing things to do with the Christmas season!

But take a little time out and let us take a look for a little while at the Saviour who lived out His wonderful life in full view of all around Him. There weren't many people who appreciated who He really was or the reason why He had come, but for those who did, a sweet assurance rested in their souls in an often hostile environment  - this can be your wonderful portion also.


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In John chapter 2, we read that the Lord Jesus was invited to a wedding in the city of Cana. But a dilemma had occurred when the all important wine had run out which would have been a social embarrassment in the culture of that day.

But this was to open up the way for the Lord Jesus to perform His very first miracle during His short life here on earth. This was a 'quiet' miracle, nothing showy, and was only observed among a few servants and His close followers. Clay water pots were to be filled with water drawn from the well at His command, and then cups of water were to be drawn and presented to the govourner, who when tasting found that the water was no longer water - but wine!

And it wasn't just nice wine but the very best wine!

While everyone else wondered where wine of such good quality came from, the servants knew! What a privilege to have been one of those servants or among the closer people who observed what the Lord did that day.

As a result of observing what the Lord did that day the Bible tells us that His "disciples believed on him." (:11)

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Later on in John chapter 6, up in a mountain and after a long day listening to the preaching of the Lord Jesus there were thousands of people in need of sustenance but so little of it around. However there was the small provisions of a young lad who had in his possession five loaves and two small fish. These small provisions were gladly offered to the Lord who somehow managed to feed a multitude of hungry people with them until everyone was full and there was plenty to spare.

While others wondered where all that food came from, the disciples knew - and there was a nameless lad who knew as well. What an honour it must have been for this relatively unknown person to be the one whose meagre provisions were used in such a miraculous way.

As a result there were among the crowd that day certain people who would have liked to set Him up as King, but He withdrew Himself to be alone with God. He knew that the same crowd sometime in the future would be baying for His crucifixion.

God will in His good time set up the Lord Jesus as King - He doesn't need mankind to help Him to do this.

However we who are followers of the Lord Jesus and seek to serve Him faithfully sometimes find ourselves in situations where something happens that cannot otherwise be explained other than to say: "this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes." Mark 12: 11. Perhaps we didn't have the natural strength to carry something out, perhaps we didn't really have the resources to pay for a few basic things, perhaps we found ourselves in hostile circumstances, and out of the blue relief came and gave to us all that we needed when we were in dire straights.

Ever been there? I certainly have!

In Luke chapter 4, we read that the Lord stood to read a portion of the book of Isaiah, and this is what He read:

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;
he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
Luke 4: 18-19

And when He had finished He handed back the scroll from which He had been reading and sat down. Everyone was watching Him to see what would happen next. He then spoke:

"This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."

This statement caused quite a stir because He was inferring that He was the One sent by God to answer all their needs, which indeed He was!

While they all wondered at the gracious words that He spoke they also couldn't understand how This Man who they knew to be the so called son of Joseph could claim to be the promised Messiah!

But while they all wondered, there were some who knew who He really was. Who were these people? Perhaps there would only have been a handful of them. Folks like Nicodemus, who came to Jesus in the night to have time alone with Him. Then there was John the Apostle who was close enough to the Lord to hear His very heartbeat at times. Then there was Mary of Bethany who sat at His feet and heard His Word.

What do these people have in common? Did they not have an intimate relationship with the Lord Himself? Did they not do whatever was necessary to be alone with Him, and close to Him?

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This is the wonderful secret to knowing things about Him: 'whom to know is life eternal'; essential things that help with everyday life and give hope for a bright future in the midst of what can at times be a very lonely walk.

And while others wonder where is the source of our life - we who follow the Lord Jesus know fully well! He is the only One who can give true joy and peace we need so badly in the midst grief and turmoil. He is the only One who can sustain us our sole with provisions this world knows nothing of. And He is the only One who is the answer to all our needs whether they be they small or great - He satisfies our longing souls ... with Himself!

Oh, may we hold Him close to our heart and never let Him go, while at the same time knowing that He is holding us securely in His hands which are safe in the Father's hands as well ..... Doubly secure!

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