How do you know when you are blind?”…”You don’t…you only know afterward when you can see. The blindness of the disciples does not keep their Christ from coming to them. He does not limit his post-resurrection appearances to those with full confidence in him. He comes to the disappointed, the doubtful, the disconsolate. he comes to those who do not recognize him even when they are walking right beside him. He comes to those who have given up and are headed back home, which makes this whole story a story about the blessedness of brokenness.
[Barbara Brown Taylor, Gospel Medicine]
Oh, how I am tempted to build a wall between myself and Jesus!
I keep thinking that I must be a certain way or do a certain thing to be worthy of His grace and mercy.
The checklists I create are really just a way to make myself feel better about my own helplessness.
And I am so very helpless.
There is no prerequisite to receiving grace.
I am the good shepherd. I am the one who really cares for the sheep. The good shepherd is willing to die to save his sheep. ~Jesus
John 10:11 WE