Mark moves seamlessly from this story of a horrible reunion with his hometown friends to the story about commissioning the 12 disciples to go and do what he does.
Without missing a beat, Jesus sends them out. In verse 8 and 9 we read, “he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a walking stick – no bread, no bags, and no money in their belts. He told them to wear sandals but not to put on two shirts.”
In order to move forward, to accept the challenge that God had offered to these 12 brave men, they have to literally leave their baggage behind.
They had to let go of their comfort in order to go and experience God in the world.
Is there something you need to let go of so that you can move forward in faith?
Is there something that is holding you back from embracing opportunities that are right around the corner, or maybe in your face that allow you to experience the healing and restoring presence of God in community?
Prayer: God open me up to experience you in a new way today. Amen.