“without delay” (Mark 1:19-20 lectio)

March 10, 2003

I tried a little lectio yesterday, but oddly enough, the day felt too hectic for me to relax into contemplation. I did read a bit and found a shimmering phrase, but without contemplation and resting in God’s presence, it can become a parlor game. “First one to find a shimmering phrase wins!” So I decided to save the contemplation for today.

Yesterday, I read Mark 1:16-18 and was struck by the phrase, at once. Strange, these are the exact same words that shimmered a few days ago, but the contemplation is totally different! Then, I was thinking about how God moves suddenly, with ups & downs. Today, it’s about how the first followers responded to Jesus without hesitating.

Then I read on a bit more, verses 19-20, and found without delay. This time, Jesus is the actor. So we’ve had “at once the Spirit,” “at once Simon and Andrew,” and “without delay Jesus.” Wham, bam. I don’t feel a sense of urgency, but there is no sitting around.

Kay & I have been preparing our hearts to start a new home group. The main thing we have to do next is talk about it with Dave & Ellen. I think God is prodding me not to delay, especially because it’s not just the interesting idea we’ve toyed with for some time, but there is a sense of calling. At once.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.