Free to Follow {#31 Days}

When many of his disciples heard it, they say, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him.” ~John 6:60 & 66

I confess I once had a minor addiction to Coco Puffs. They are little chocolaty balls of magical goodness. They are one stop enjoyment—first there is the cocoa crunchiness, then the thrill of the chase with the chocolate milk left behind. Just open and pour for instant delightfulness.

If Jesus had declared himself to be the Coco Puffs of life, I’d totally get it. Everything else that followed the discourse on Jesus being the Bread of Life—eating his flesh, drinking his blood—would make a whole lot more sense to me.

Jesus has a way of stunning expectations.

He has a way of saying things that make want to look away from him. He has this way of uncovering in my heart the fragile dreams made from sugar and spice and everything nice. Can’t Jesus just be all sunshine and rainbows?

Instead of quick and sweet, Jesus says he is bread.

Bread. It sounds so ordinary. Yet so essential.

It is flour, from wheat ground by hand. It is water, precious in a desert land. It is salt, so the efforts will keep. Yes, it flour and water and salt and a whole lot of waiting.

I hear him say, “Let your faith rise, child. Give it time. In the waiting you will find life. You will learn me.

I think I’ve looked at life as a destination. Faith being a point on a map. Where believing in Jesus becomes a “Been there, done that, now what?” If I’m not alone in this, no wonder disciples turn back.  When it all becomes about the ‘what’ and not the ‘who,’ expectations will crush us. Grab the air right out of our lungs.

Jesus makes us free to journey. To follow him. To go to out of the way places, sometimes named glory, other times called suffering, following him and hearing him as he looks over his shoulder to say, “Don’t worry, I’ve got the bread. I will feed you; sustain you. Not with sugar and spice and everything nice, but with the flour of truth, the water of life, and the salt of grace. Trust me, I am the Bread of {your} Life.”

This month I’m participating with The Nester in her 31 Day challenge to write every day on a topic of choice. I’m writing this month on how Jesus make us free. Because he does and without him, we’re just a hot mess of a captive.

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