Planning Ahead

Mark 14:13-15 “And He sent two of His disciples and said to them, ‘Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him; and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, “The Teacher says, ‘Where is My guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?’” And he himself will show you a large upper room furnished and ready for us there.’”

Observation: Passover approached, and a place was needed for Jesus and the disciples to share it. Jesus gave clear instruction as to how they would take advantage of preparations already completed.

Application: The remarkable thing about these verses is that Jesus had every detail of their need prepared in advance of the question the disciples asked in Mark 14:12. He knew where they would celebrate, what the conversation with the proprietor would consist of, and even how they would find the proprietor, down to the detail of saying that their guide to him would be a man carrying a pitcher of water.

What a wonderful reminder that Jesus cares about the smallest details of my life. No matter how bleak things may seem, no matter how thick the darkness or how great the exhaustion clouding my vision, no matter how heavy my heart or how devoid of answers I may be, Jesus always is able to speak exactly the right word to bring clarity of vision and refreshing direction.

In asking one of my young grandchildren to go on some great adventure with me such as walking to the mailbox, she has never questioned my planning for the event. There is no concern expressed as to weather conditions or wonder if we would be back by such-and-such a time. Instead, she simply trusts that being with me is enough; no thought of the details behind my plan ever occurs to her. In the same way, Jesus, who said He only does and says what He knows the Father wants Him to do and say, long ago had figured out how to meet the minutest need of my life.

In this is affirmed Psalm 139, which says that His thoughts about me are more than could ever be counted, and that they began long before I was formed in my mother’s womb (see verses 13–18). What profound reassurance, enabling me to simply rest, secure in His presence.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I am so ashamed of all the times I can remember being afraid of some lack in my life. You have already planned for every detail, relationally, financially, and professionally; all needed provision is already “in You” and has been since the beginning of time. Cause me to become quiet enough to hear what You are saying, and to then trust in You.

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