Looking in Retrospect

Me: I love your friends!

Prodigal: Yes, they are two peas in a pod!

Me: Hope that they are encouraged today.

This is from the book The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey

Looking in retrospect on my years at Bible college, I see that, despite all the devotional intimacies, Jesus grew remote from me there. He became an object of scrutiny. I memorized the list of thirty-four specific miracles in the Gospels but missed the impact of just one miracle. I learned the Beatitudes yet never faced the fact that none of us–I above all- could make sense of those mysterious sayings, let alone live by them.

Understanding and relationship are two different things. We seek understanding, but we do not try seeking relationship. Jesus is more than just facts, or a historical figure. He is instead the son of God, who craves relationship. Remember stillness helps increase this relationship.

Matthew 12:50

For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.

Jennifer Van Allen



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