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Topic: Mark 3:9, 10
Mark 3:9, 10 And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship (Comes come the Greek words: to plunge or launder clothing, to wash) should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him. For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.
Even Jesus needed a seperate place from the influences of people. He told His disciples to keep one ready for Him, knowing that He would need it. This 'multitude', having many diseases, could inflict those diseases on Jesus, too (being many of the diseases were infectious). Jesus wanted that boat ready in order to seperate Himself from those infections to His body. But in the spirit, this would also be true. Jesus wanted that place of spiritual 'laundering' (small boat) to be ready so as to plunge Himself back into spiritual purity, His personal 'secret place' with God. He knew that God would keep Him cleansed and pure from any spiritual infection, but it had to be always kept ready. Jesus served these 'diseased souls' with a heart that cherished them (Greek: 'healed'=to serve as a menial attendant as if cherishing). He wanted to be among them to cherish them, but He HAD to stay cleansed Himself in order to KEEP doing that!
Wherever I go and whoever I meet, I must always have a prepared place in my heart, let alone a physical 'secret place'. It has to be constantly ready, waiting and prepared, so that I can get there FAST. Here is where I seperate myself from the influences of the world. In this place, I can repent, be cleansed, be spiritually and physcially refreshed, be strengthened and re-assure. In this place I listen to hear God, once again tells me WHO I AM in HIM....created for HIS use, and cleansed!
Oh, Father! I SO thank You for that 'small boat'....because it's YOUR LAP! I thank You that You are always there to take my 'I'm sorrys' and to forgive me, refresh me, and tell You that You will always love me, no matter what! I will always crawl up into Your lap, Father...for that's where I am truly who You made me to be!
Many times I've needed the 'life boat' of God's lap! There is true peace there and I crave that peace in every nook and cranny of my life!
There is much strife going on around me today. Satan tries to come into my thinking and stir up anger, offense and fear. But when I crawl up into my Daddy's lap, He tells me, "I've got it, Nancy! Just LET GO!" The more I let Him have this situation, where strife could reign, the more peace I get. "Why would my Father not use this for His good?" I ask myself. "He would never hurt me. He's in control of all that is good in my life!" The more I let go, the more I can see His plan working. And so, I allow my Father to hold me and take away the things I can not control. And I hear Him say, "TRADE YOU! You give Me this strife-full situation in exchange for My peace!"
WHAT A TRADE!