A Man Carrying a Jar of Water
“So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, ‘Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.’” (Mark 14:13-15, NIV)
Most of the time, when we think of the Last Supper, we focus on the conversation between Jesus and His disciples, the washing of feet or the Holy Communion. In this passage, I’m fascinated by the intimate details of the events leading up to the Last Supper. We know Jesus enlisted at least four people to perform the preparations for this special time and defining moment in the life of Jesus and His disciples. Jesus used two disciples (Peter and John), the man carrying a jar of water, and the owner of the house. The next verse tells us that they found things exactly as Jesus described them. I’m always amazed by God’s ability to plan, schedule, coordinate, facilitate and execute elaborate situations and events down to the smallest details to accomplish His perfect will and plans in our lives.
In my own life, often, God gives me very simple instructions. Sometimes He is more detailed and specific and shares Who, What, When, Where, and How. I confess that I used to wonder about the “Why,” but I have come to simply trust God and get to work. Often months, even years later, God will explain the “Why,” when He knows I am ready to learn and embrace this truth. As the revelation comes and I am able to look back and see God’s hand at work in my life and in the lives of others, I stand in awe. I’ve come to cherish the times where I’m able to say to God, “Oh I see now, Lord. I get it.” In those moments, I feel a deep sense of humility that I, like the man carrying a jar of water, have been used by God for His purpose, honor and glory!
Lord, thank You for Your perfect will for my life. Father, Your thoughts and plans are always higher and better than my own. Holy Spirit teach me to trust You in the intimate details of life and to follow Your instructions at all times. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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