Lions, and tigers, and Mark chapter 1? Oh my!
There is nothing like looking at the world through my son’s eyes. He is 4 years old and 100% boy! BB skips through life and laughs the most infectious chuckle while doing so! Sometimes it is an evil chuckle, like just last night when he sprayed an entire can of Pledge ON THE COUCH…. his zest for whatever he is doing (other than coloring at K4) is remarkable!
This week, we went to the zoo as a family, and he LOVED every animal! How do I know? He said it! It was hard to keep up with him, running about, telling us what each animal was. So, while we almost got into a fist-fight over an Ocelot NOT being a baby Jaguar (they’re not, son. and in 10 years when you read this post, you will be embarraaaaaaaassed), it was a great day.
He also would describe them all as “happy” — although I have my doubts.
“The tig-uh is happy, Daddy.”
“Look, the JaWaffe is happy!”
He was EXCITED to see those animals that he had previously seen on TV and books ALIVE, UP-CLOSE, IN FULL-COLOR, and…arguably…HAPPY! IT WAS CONTAGIOUS!! I found myself almost jogging from animal to animal!!
I love that our Father allows us all to be different. An obvious demonstration of this would be the guest posts on this blog. We all have different styles, outlooks, and life-songs that make us unique!
Much like the authors in the Bible.
While it is not questioned by me that every word is inspired, God allowed various characteristics and personal writing styles to come through. (I wonder how Revelation would read if written by the master poet, David?)
One of the times I believe this is apparent is in the book of Mark. More concisely, in Mark 1. I LOVE how many times that Mark uses the word “immediately” in his writing. In Mark 1 alone, he speaks to the immediacy of an action or event 4 times, and throws in a couple “straightaways” also!
Now when I was growing up, it was impossible not to say or hear the word “awesome” every 3-5 minutes. Things that were definitely NOT awesome were described as such ad nauseam.
That is NOT what we see here! “Immediately” can be defined, so when he says something happened immediately, it did!
The point is this…Mark, like BB with the “WynoCewus,” wanted to make sure that it was understood that the Christ that had been foretold…GOD…WAS ALIVE, UP CLOSE, IN FULL COLOR, no longer just words on a page, here…in the flesh. And when HE was around, things happened, brother!! So, while penning his manuscript, he wanted us to understand how…uh oh…AWESOME JESUS WAS!!
What does this mean for me?
I have never seen Christ. But I have seen His works.
I have seen Him heal.
I have seen Him save.
BUT…where is my excitement when I talk about Him? Have I become so jaded that I have lost that He does things “Immediately,” or was that just “in Bible times”…?
I need to remember and DECLARE TO ALL that Jesus Christ is…
As ALIVE as the day He was baptized (Mark 1:9).
As UP CLOSE to me as He was to the healed leper (Mark 1:41-43).
As FULL COLOR to us as He was when He walked on water (Mark 6:45-56).
As AWESOME today as He has ever, ever been.
Let me become CONTAGIOUS in my ZEAL and EXCITEMENT for HIM!!!
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Lazarus blogs over at I Am Lazarus…and Others – which contains the notes from the life-learnings of an imperfect, yet holy saint of God. It’s a very exciting blog, and quite humorous at times as well. Lazarus is a husband, father, sports lover, and -above all else- a follower of Christ. I encourage you to take a trip over to his blog and do a little reading – to start you off, here’s one of my favorite posts that he wrote: Please Stop Hatin’!!! Be sure to let him know you stopped by!
Posted on March 29, 2011, in "Guest Post" March, Guest Post and tagged "Guest Post" March, Animals, Children, Christian Living, Christianity, Excitement, Gospel of Mark, Guest Post, Holy Bible, Jesus, Zeal, Zoo. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.