“The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them” (Matthew 21:6).
In this Scripture context, it is nearing the final days of Jesus’ journey to the cross. First, a palm procession had onlookers proclaiming Him as the Messiah with exclamations of, “Hosanna,”
Many from this same crowd would soon be crying out different words, “Crucify Him!”
This causes me to ponder the procession of my own life. How willingly do I accept where Jesus has led me and the unknown of where He has yet to lead me?
I love the celebration times!
What about when I am asked to crucify self-sufficiency, seeming strengths, talents, and dreams? These are the times in the procession of my life’s days that I am dependent on His grace to help me trust in and persevere with Him alone.
It is a choice.Those on the road that first Palm Sunday had a choice when Good Friday came around whether to continue in hosannas or change their focus.
I can put myself foremost in my procession, rushing ahead and clanging cymbals. I can wave my palms in disarray or lay them down, close my hands in humbled prayer, and bow in sacrifice and worship.
It is this latter surrender that is preparation to share in Jesus triumph. His righteousness and glory are abundant with the solidity of His love for me, a procession that puts me on the right course.
He has gone ahead to prepare my way and at the same time is preparing me to move in rhythm with Him when the time is right.
Prayer: Lord, I want to walk triumphantly with You, on a road blessed with the paved branches of Your Presence that has prepared my way. Help me to wait well, so that I can walk well into Your hosanna days. Amen.
About the Author:
Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. Since 1983, she has lived with vestibular dysfunction: constant dizziness, sessions of vertigo and related side effects of nausea, balance problems, neck and back pain, visual tracking and eye fatigue. She is a breast cancer survivor having gone through surgery and chemotherapy treatments in 1987-88. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. Do visit her blog at http://lynn-severance.blogspot.com
Recall a time when you became aware of the Lord preparing you for a next step in your life and then you took it? How did it feel? Had a deep surrender come before you could move? How did you go about making such a surrender?
When you consider your blessings and challenges in this life, where do you continually look to? Lynn shares, “In order to keep a ‘Hosanna’ flowing from our hearts, we need but keep our focus on the One who creates the song in our lives. Yes, it is a song made of major and minor notes but all joining together to form his melody. Selah performs the message of this devotional text in ‘I Look to You’.” We hope it blesses you! -Lisa