Wednesday, July 1st. Mark 6:4-6

Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. Mark 6:4-6

I love the story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” An entire community, including the emperor, is conned into believing what their senses, their heart and their brain tells them is not true. But no one is willing to speak up. Until a child breaks the silence and exposes the emperor…as exposed.

Systems, especially family systems, are very resistant to change. They self perpetuate over time and develop incredible resistance to outside intervention. Even faith systems, belief systems. Perhaps, especially faith systems, belief systems.

Millions of dollars are spent ever year because of our internal resistance to change. I have both morning and nighttime routines of getting ready for the day. Far too often, they don’t include flossing my teeth. So I just came home from an early morning dentist appointment. Had I flossed my teeth through the years like I was told to…every time I ever went to the dentist…I might not have had to go through the tortuous gum treatments I’ve had these last three months nor would I have had to pay the cost of the new crown that just found a new home in my mouth.

Companies spend millions of dollars trying to overcome our internal resistance to change. They hire consultants who bring outside ideas and energy into the system with the hope of positive results. As we know, that doesn’t always work.

A priest, a rabbi and a consultant were traveling on an airplane. There was a crisis and it was clear that the plane was going to crash and they would all be killed. The priest began to pray and finger his rosary beads, the rabbi began to read the Torah and the consultant began to organize a committee on air traffic safety.

So it is. We are change resistant people. The Bible would call us “stiff-necked.” That’s how the people in Jesus’ hometown were. He was amazed at their unbelief. He knew them, they knew him, but their system wasn’t able to process or receive the message that he was bringing and living among them. They refused to see that the emperor wore no clothes.

Are we destined to always be so change resistant that we can do no other than resist Jesus? Left to our own devices, probably so. But, while Jesus left his hometown behind him, he continued to carry their unbelief in his heart. All the way to the cross where it was nailed along with all the other symptoms and results of our brokenness. But before he got there, and after Easter Sunday morning, he promised to be present through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The power to lead us to the truth AND to open our eyes to see it for what it is. The power to change. The power to do what we cannot do by our own understanding or effort.

Let us pray: Gracious Lord, we believe, help our unbelief. We trust you, help us trust you always and in all things. Guide us to do our part, even as you do in and around us what we cannot do ourselves. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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One Response to “Wednesday, July 1st. Mark 6:4-6”

  1. Cristiano Says:

    – Darling Parsons I have been following your flmeaiis story for a while now and have always been a huge admirer of your work. I give my husband little updates on how Zion is doing and we both have been very much with you (as much as someone can be reading a blog) on this journey.I just wanted to reach out to you regarding this post as Deafness is something very close to my heart. I am not Deaf. I began learning Sign Language a few years ago (not sure why) and since then I have volunteered for a Deaf/hearing Youth Theatre, worked as a Support Worker and was in a Deaf led play about a Deaf man in Prison (I was an Actor before a photographer). I became part of the Deaf community, had Deaf friends, became engulfed in their politics, struggles, passions.. and I must say.. what an absolutely wonderful world. It is such a rich community, yes there are struggles of acceptance, equal rights etc but there are these issues in so many walks of life. Their language and their culture is so beautiful and although they might not hear a laugh or someone call their name.. they still laugh, cry, feel pain, joy, share a joke, love just like a hearing person. If the tests do come back that Zion is Deaf I really encourage you to see it, not as something that is wrong.. but something that is simply a little different.. learn the language with him and I promise you will communicate with him in so many ways and (very often) so much earlier..I really hope this message has come across in the way it’s intended.. as support and a positive perspective He is so the cutest little boy with the most muncheable cheeks Sending all our love from the UK Emma (and Pete my Husband) xxxxAugust 29, 2011 7:05 pm

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