A couple of months ago, we watched this video in the NOOMA series called "Shells." In it, Rob Bell addresses busy-ness, how we all struggle with taking on too much and letting activity crowd out the pivotal in our lives.
He shows how even Jesus was tempted to stay busy throughout His earthly ministry. There were always more people needing healing, more speaking and teaching opportunities, more miracles . . . But even Jesus, the fullness of the Godhead bodily, had to say no. Bell makes the connection that Jesus could say no because He knew what He had said YES to. Christ's life on this earth was one long walk towards Jerusalem and the cross. With that in mind, he knew what He had said yes to, and what must be turned away: (subscribers, click through to see video)
I've been thinking about that so much since we watched that video. In fact, in the time since, two writing gigs came along that I would have loved to have said yes to. These weren't just writing gigs either - they were opportunities to partner with women whom I admire and respect and adore. But deep in my spirit, I knew I had to say no, and it caused me actual physical pain to do so. But God kept bringing those words to mind and reminding me exactly what it is that I have had said yes to.
The name of that video - "shells" - is inspired by a story about Rob Bell's son and a day his family spent at the beach. I don't want to give away the whole thing in case you ever get a chance to view it, but essentially it's a powerful illustration of how often we are unable to relinquish our hold on the common and plentiful and we miss the chance to reach out and take hold of the singular and divine.
We are away for a few days, so I'm closing comments today. I challenge you to think about it though -