This morning as I cuddled on the couch with a hot cup of yummy coffee and my Bible, I came across this passage that I probably have read a hundred times, but this morning the Holy Spirit showed me something new.
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, who he also designated as apostles...
What I learned from this ...
*sometimes when we have a big decision we need to pull an all-nighter with God (in prayer)
*God speaks to us with specifics, as we seek Him with listening ears and a humbled heart.
*sometimes prayer requires us to separate ourselves (a moutainside).
*which also tells me that wherever we go (safe place or not...I imagine going to a mountainside in the dark is not a place you want to be sitting alone with your eyes closed) you need to empty yourself of your fears and fully trust God.
*sometimes God requires of us (especially when we are making BIG life decisions) a bit of self sacrifice (Jesus prayed, not slept).
*Sometimes the answer comes very specifically by morning (this verse goes on to say the exact disciples that He was to call to His service).
*sometimes we aren't the ones who are picked, but still we must follow with a good heart attitude. (the verse tells us he calls disciples in the morning (many) but then only picks 12). How often my heart has ached for not being 'picked' and how I've had to wrestle with this seeming rejection.
*His inner circle of servants were hand picked by God (following with abandon means God may give you more opportunities to serve Him in greater capacities.)
*a disciple is a student
*an apostle is a messenger
Isn't it funny how much you can pick up out of such a seemingly small verse?
Oh how I love the Word!