In Service

“Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28

If you have ever been waiting on a service, like public transportation, and watched as a bus or a train whizzed by you with a sign saying something to the effect “Out of Service”, you have known frustration. There is nothing worst than to be wanting to get somewhere, and yet the service you are relying on is either not there, or is not coming at the time of your liking. It is a very vulnerable position to be in, yet, it can make us very angry at the same time.

It is the same thing with our prayers. We cry out to Jesus for intercession and other pressing matters in our lives. Then we wait. Sometimes we feel as if we are being overlooked, passed by, or that our Savior is not in service to our needs. We become like children again, and throw a tantrum because a sign, or a message, or an answer, or whatever was not given in the time that we wanted it to be in. I know that I have cried out in seeming agony over something that I thought should have happened now.

That is not the way Jesus works. He is always in service. We just have to be in tune with what he is trying to convey to us. If we can only remember to allow for our hearts to be open to the possibilities that are being portrayed to us. It is so easy to get angry in that moment, when we feel as if we are being passed by like a flash of lightning. He reminds us to keep knocking, and our prayers will be answered.

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