October 6, 2021
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I have been working on the driveway outside the front of the house. This means tapping away at the gravel with a pickaxe, spade, and rake to remove the weeds. As a result of the enormity of the task, it is more than I can do in one go. After my second attempt to get the job done, exhausted and with more still to do, I thought that I would go in and get a drink before I fell over from doing too much without sufficient liquid replenishment. When I entered the kitchen, I noticed there, sitting by the kettle, a cup of tea undrunk that I had made earlier. No wonder I felt thirsty!

These days, my memory completely forgets some things, and it seems that I am easily distracted from my original task by seeing something else that requires my attention. Forgetting is not as funny as I thought it was years ago when joking with my dad, because now it has become a part of my existence. He called it having a "CRAFT" moment ("Cannot Remember A Flippin' Thing"). I still miss him.

Filled up on fluid once more, up from the depths of my memory floated this verse:

Mark 10:38a – Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink?" (ESV)

I am not a great fan of this verse, and even then, I can pass it over. It seems that I am not quite so thirsty for that particular cup. I appear to be more in line with Peter in his declaration:

Luke 22:33-34 – Peter said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death." Jesus said, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me." (ESV)

I have some sympathy/empathy for Peter, who was all-in — until it was a matter of life and death, then maybe not so much. Life, guns, and civil war in 1980s Uganda have shown me that I am no different — something that we can find out only the hard way.

John 4:14 – But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (ESV)

I also remember how Jesus later gave Peter a second chance during breakfast on the seashore: "Do you love me? … Follow me." (John 21:15-19 ESV) Can we, like Peter, say, "You know that I love you", maybe a little sheepishly, then face up to what we know that God is calling us to do today, and trust in Him no matter what?

Prayer: Lord, we all want the benefits and the honour of the kingdom, without realizing that we might possibly miss out on the eternal blessings that You have for us if we would drink the allotted cup. Please grant us the courage, peace, and faithfulness to be Your wellspring, even when the journey is dry and rough. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good one Rod! Blessings.

    Thanks for the encouraging words, Rod.

    Good one, Rod! I can identify with it well.

    Thank you Rod. At one time or another, we will all relate to what you wrote. I can relate right now. I appreciate the encouragement.

    Your devotional today really gave me goose-bumps. I thank you for the encouraging words and feel a true blessing after reading this devotional.

    Thank you Rod for today’s devotion. It is a reminder of how difficult it is to be a disciple of Jesus in our world today. Your message is inspiring.
    (Ontario, Canada)

    Thank you for sharing, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who feels like a Peter.
    My hope is in knowing that God is still working on me.
    God Bless.

    Hello Rod,
    You have written another varying remindful and inspiring devotional. Thank you so much and blessings for taking time from your other duties to do these writings.

    Thank you. I now am living with CRAFT moments – as I am 3 years into Dementia, and it is painfully hard for me !! Bless your dear Dad. I like his Crafty thinking and thank you for this morning’s Devotion message!

    Amen, Rod, your salient devotional blessed this sometimes-faltering follower of Jesus Christ. Praise God for forgiveness and second, third, fourth, fifth, and many more chances until God perfects our flawed characters. Blessings.

    Good morning, Rod,
    I hope you finished your driveway. I love your Dad’s “Craft” moment.
    How fun.

    Thank you so much for your beautifully written, inspiring devotional this morning.
    It has been a blessing.
    Blessings, Joy, Peace, Laughter,
    (Ontario, Canada)

    Well-said, Rod. Made me stop for a drink of water as I read it! I was just thinking about Peter’s denial this morning and then later, when all he’d been through allowed him to be such a blessing to the early church, (as we see in Acts and then read his own writings further along). Thanks for your faithfulness in writing.

    Dear Rod,
    I really enjoyed your comments today, as I am coming to that age where forgetfulness is starting to hit me hard to the distress of my wife, who objects to me writing everything down, like an extension to my shopping lists.
    Many thanks and kind regards,

    Hello Rod,
    Part of our life’s journey is getting older and being distracted more easily. For me, what comes with that is more time to work on my faith. Yet, when things get tough and God doesn’t seem to be there as I feel he should, I stumble and falter like Peter. I have had no life-threatening situations to compare with and grateful for that, but even in a small crisis I can doubt. I feel what you are saying, but not sure if I am ready. I might miss those eternal blessings which is sad because I do desire them.
    I will pray on this. Thanks for sharing and encouraging me to look deeper inside. Blessings.

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