The Quiet Ways of Jesus

Crowds followed Jesus wherever He went. Some loved the way He spoke, with authority but without shattering the ear drums. He didn’t demand attention. He didn’t insult or bully people into listening to Him.

Jesus’ listeners heard something in His words. They said, “Never has a man talked like this man talks.” (John 7:46) They loved His words so much they missed meals and slept overnight in fields without their toothbrushes and pyjamas.

Others followed him because He healed their diseases. Healing is second nature to Jesus. He didn’t make a big show of healings. In fact, He often told those on the receiving end of a miracle to keep quiet about it. He didn’t want them broadcasting the news or organizing parades in His honour.

This amazing man, Jesus, doesn’t walk on peoople’s feelings. If a person has reservations about who He is, wonders if He really is the Son of God and how this could be, He allows them time to think about Him.

There’s push or shove in Jesus.

In quietness He works behind the scenes of creation. Eugene Peterson writes, “He provides everything from food for the sparrow to forgiveness for the sinner.”

Right now, He’s working in ways we can’t see to bring about His best plan for us. We mustn’t worry if we can’t hear, feel or see Him at work. His quiet ways can go unnoticed for a long time.

Eventually though, we will look back, and see He was there all the time.


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at:
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3 Responses to The Quiet Ways of Jesus

  1. Jeff K. Clarke says:

    So true, Rose. I’m reminded of the passage in Romans, “In all things, God works for the good of those who love him” (8:28). Pete Wilson in his book “Plan B” also wrote that “God is most powerfully present, even when he appears most apparently absent.” We’re never alone and he is constantly at work in us, shaping and forming us to be the best version of ourselves; one that reflects the character of Christ.


  2. Mary Lucchetti says:

    Rose, this ministered to me so much today. I need to keep reminding myself that he’s always working behind the scenes.

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