One Day

One Day

25 September 2009


One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out. (Luke 8:22 NLT)

It’s possible that everything recorded in Luke 8:22-58 happened in one day, between sunrise and sunset. The miraculous calming of a storm on the lake, a mob of demons cast out of a man in Gerasene country on the east side of the lake, then back across the lake in Galilee a woman healed of a 12-year hemorrhage by touching Jesus’ robe, and a 12-year-old girl brought back from death.

Some of Jesus’ days were pretty intentional – going to teach in the Temple, taking his followers on retreat, traveling with a specific destination in mind. This day seems like a pretty spontaneous day. Jesus said, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake,” and it just rolled on from there. Jesus spent the day simply responding to the needs that came his way and in the process lives were changed forever. Kingdom of God power was released into the world around him.

I believe there is a place for strategy and a place for spontaneity. God can work through both. We can plan and work our plan and be very strategic. We can get in a boat on the lake and spend the day responding to what comes up. In either case, God’s work gets done.


Father, help me to know when to be strategic and when to be spontaneous. I want to be responsible and a good steward of time and resources, but I also want to know when to simply take things as they come. I don’t know how to do that on my own, so I ask you to teach me and guide me. Amen.

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