10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Louise Crossley (No.183)
Reading: John 5:17-30
19 Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father[a] does, the Son does likewise."
‘I can do nothing on my own…’ A powerful statement. A comforting one. A confronting one. On reflecting on John 5:17-30, that statement echoes in my heart. In this world where success is often measured by what we can control and the level of authority we have over others, it is calming to embrace the reality that John writes about in this Gospel.
Ambition and pride sometimes deflects the power of knowing this and it can be mistaken for the loss of power. In truth, surrendering to God with a trusting heart gives us more power, to do what has to be done and accept what is not meant to be.
By accepting, we let go of the responsibility of trying to make things happen for ourselves. Instead, we can concentrate on our purpose in this world, which the Lord reveals in a timeframe in which the He sees necessary.
In essence, by surrendering control to God we become free to live in the now and accept our life experiences as part of our growth and not a way to measure ourselves against others.
Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you.
Listen to God's voice in the stillness.
Pray for God's blessing upon you.