Last month a dear friend sent me a birthday gift that said, “I see you.” It arrived one morning in a box that my Beloved found on the steps of our beach home, Doves Rest. He brought it upstairs. There inside was another box! A box of Holiday English Teas! An Advent Tea Calendar! Who would have thought? Only Tammy. She and I share a love for books and tea! Be still my heart! A perfect gift for an avid tea sipper!
Each December morning, I walk into the kitchen, make Beloved’s coffee, heat up the hot water pot, and open a new box containing a new single tea bag. I read the outside of the tiny box with the tiny print and see herbal tea, or white tea; black tea or green tea, including all the special ingredients, such as licorice, cinnamon, orange peel, etc. I pour the hot water into my chosen cup with the new tea bag, grab my Bible and sit in my Lady Recliner and look in Luke to read the chapter of the day.
“Lord, show me what you want me to know from this one chapter,” I whisper to Him as I stir the tea bag around in the cup and arrange myself in the chair. The perfect morning ritual, I cherish the time and the teas!
What has He shown me in these stories of the Life of Jesus?
Among the many truths He has shown me thus far, my heart melted when I opened my Bible up to the eighteenth chapter. He spoke straight to the soul of my being.
“Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart.”
Of course the Lord Jesus knew the struggle of this mother’s heart, since the day before, one of her sons told her church was boring; he wasn’t so “into Jesus like you are right now, Mom.” Jesus knew my struggle to let go of my sons, as they live their lives different from the way they were raised at home and in the church in the ways of the Lord. Keep on praying, He told His disciples, as the woman who persevered in getting the unjust judge to hear her request. (Luke 18:3-8).
In the nineteenth chapter, the Lord was “passing through” when He walked into Jericho, but we know He passed through with a purpose in mind. As the crowds walked with Him into town, a short man heard he was walking through and sought him out. The multitude was too tall for him to see Jesus. He scrambled up a nearby tree – a sycamore – and saw the One whom everyone had been talking about. He was good at eavesdropping, for no one talked to him, a tax-collector. He had been hearing how this wandering Teacher had healed the sick and brought hope to the hopeless; He even touched a leper and the leper was made clean! The short man had to see this guy!
I’m sure this curious short man was intending to watch what this Teacher/Healer was going to do from his perch. He had no expectation that this famous Rabbi was going to have anything to do with him.
“Hey! Zaccheus! Come on down from there! I’m going to have supper at your house tonight!” Whoa! Jesus not only spotted the short tax-collector, but called him by name! And was headed to his house for a meal! Zaccheus scrambled down that tree and stood in front of Jesus. He was shaking all over from excitement and embarrassment, as he blurted out, “Master, I’m going to give half my possessions to the poor and pay back what I stole from people up to four times!”
Jesus was thrilled with Zaccheus’ pronouncement for then he said, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Zaccheus was a seeker. He climbed up that tree to look for Jesus. He was searching for a way to get back into the good graces of the community – to know the Jehovah God of his ancestors better.
Reading through the book of Luke has brought me as close as His breath over me. Yesterday, talking with one of my single moms and the struggle her daughter was having right now, I knew this mom would be drawn closer to Him if she stayed in the Word, especially now. We talked about that. She agreed. Earlier in the month, a dear church friend expressed genuine joy at how she was learning so much she never knew just by reading one chapter a day.
Several friends have been reading a chapter a day in the book of Luke this month, as it seems to be the easiest Gospel to read this month that we celebrate the birth of the One of whom the book is about! It’s not too late to join us! Just start with this day – this chapter and read forward – to the real reason Jesus came to this earth. We celebrate His birth this month, knowing all along His purpose in coming was to die for our sins.
What do you think the Lord would show you as you read through this Gospel, one chapter at a time? I know this: I have hope that as I persevere in prayer, the Lord will draw my sons closer to Him, creating in them a longing, a seeking and He promises to save those who are lost.
Merry Christmas, dear readers!