The Quiet Ways of Jesus

Crowds followed Jesus wherever He went. Some loved the way He spoke, with authority but without shattering their 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 making sick people well. In fact, He often told those on the receiving end of a miracle to keep quiet about it. He didn’t want them organizing parades in His honour.

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

100_1773There’s no 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 gently weaving our short stories into His ETERNAL story.

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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: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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4 Responses to The Quiet Ways of Jesus

  1. Joan says:

    Thanks, Rose. I really needed to hear this. When He’s quiet, I often assume the opposite — that He’s disappointed with me.

    I love this portrait you’ve painted of Him, working quietly behind the scenes. He challenges, but He never pushes.

    Joan

    • Joan – I’m glad this message came at an opportune time for you. I have so often needed it myself – because, as you say, when He’s quiet, we assume the worst – we’ve disappointed Him, He doesn’t care, etc. etc. Always and forever, He cares.

  2. Thanks Miriam. Many years ago, the Lord spoke to me about being an encourager . . . I haven’t always followed His leading in this regard but I continue to try . . .

  3. Miriam Laari-Alton says:

    Thank you Rose. Your blogs are always so encouraging & uplifting.
    God bless you.
    Miriam

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