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I Quit Devotion Day Twenty Two

Mark 1:35-38

“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.”

Waiting for Guffman is my favorite movie of all time. In the final scene of the film, Dr. Alan Pearl, a dentist, and (wildly untalented) community theater actor has decided to leave his home in Missouri and pursue his singing “career” entertaining the elderly in nursing homes throughout South Florida. “You have to go where the love is,” he says. “And the love for me, right now, is in Miami.”
After living in New York City for almost nine years, there are certainly days that I would like to go “where the love is.” While waiting for the bus that seems like it will never come in 12 degree weather, for example, I dream of driving around in my own climate-controlled car with heated seats. When standing in line for an hour in the grocery store only to be greeted with an impatient scowl at the register, I fantasize about the Kroger in my hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, where the cashier greets you with a smile and asks if you’re watching the game this weekend (UT football, of course).

 

In these moments where New York City seems a little cold and lonely, it’s easy to crave a world where you can where everybody knows your name. I want creature comforts, polite small talk, a cup of coffee, a nap, and a sandwich, all at once! I want to go where the love is!

I’m sure Jesus’ disciples often felt the same way. I wonder if, in Mark 1:35-38, they were somewhat disappointed when Jesus told them it was time to move on. At this point in the Gospel of Mark, he had just performed healings and cast out demons in Capernaum and had even healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law. I bet the disciples were excited to be a part of it all; they had certainly never experienced anything like Jesus before, and he was quickly causing a big stir. “Everyone is looking for you,” they said.

I wonder if the subtext wasn’t, “Come on, Jesus! Just one more miracle! You’ve got one more in you, don’t you?” But Jesus knew that it is less important to go where the love is than to go where God’s call leads.

I challenge you to ask God today where He is leading you. Are there any situations in your life where you are seeking the love of people or earthly comforts, but ignoring the call of God? Are you going where the Love is, or just where the love is? There is no person, place, or thing that can replace the peace of knowing that you are where God has called you. Ask God for guidance, and He’ll show you the way.
-Abigail

Abigail Taylor-Sansom first came to The Journey in 2009 and loves being part of such an amazing church. She lives in Hell’s Kitchen with her wonderful husband, Rocky, whom she met on a blind date. They realized halfway through that first date that they both attended The Journey but had been going to different services the whole time (Abigail to the 6:30 and Rocky to the 10:00). They have since reached a compromise and now attend the 1:00 together!

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