• Kim Feld

2021_12_06 Insight Post- Kim Feld

This week's reading- John 15-16

To be nearsighted means that you can see things that are close much better than things that are far away. Another word for this condition is myopia. It’s where we get the word “myopic.” We say that people have a myopic view when they only see things right in front of them or that pertain to them without considering the larger picture. Reading through John 15-16, I see the disciples struggling with only seeing what’s right in front of them while Jesus is trying to expand their vision. They are confused by the words He’s using while He tells them over and over, that in time, they will see. I often struggle with spiritual myopia too.

Jesus tells the disciples in John 16:33 that they will have trouble in life. They can count on it. But He also tells them to have peace, not in their circumstances, but in Him because He has overcome the world. Jesus isn’t advocating some kind of artificial avoidance of the reality of our struggles; He’s telling us that true peace can only be found in Him.

I wish I could say that I live daily in Jesus’ peace, but I don’t. When troubles come my way, my first thought is often that I’ve done something wrong – I’ve gotten off course somehow, and God is trying to correct me. God does correct me through consequences sometimes, but there are other times when I experience pain, loss, and difficulty because life is hard. Jesus warned me that those hard times would come, but He promised to be my peace in the midst of them.

In John 15, Jesus tells us that the way to have peace in our lives is by abiding or remaining in Him. He paints a vivid picture of a branch not surviving without being connected to the vine. Just like flowers that I pick and put into a vase eventually die, the only way I can flourish spiritually is by staying connected to Jesus, my source of health and growth.

My challenge to myself and to you is to stay connected to Jesus, especially during the busyness of the holiday season. Just like in the story of Mary and Martha, there are a million things to “do” during this time, but Jesus wants us to choose the best thing like Mary did – sitting at Jesus’ feet. I pray that we all find real peace this Christmas season.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6

Kim Feld

Executive Director of Education and Outreach