This post was written by a dear sister in the faith: Shannon Gallatin. Yes, you guessed right- she is Pastor Scott Gallatin’s wife! I had the pleasure of meeting her a little while back, her smile and passion for living for Christ was genuine and contagious. This post was taken from her blog: www.secludedplace.blogspot.com. I pray this blesses you as it has me.
“When they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through…”. Mark 2:4
Second service ended, the sanctuary doors flew open, and within seconds, the lobby of the church resembled my last experience at Walmart on a Black Friday. I know I’m not the only one who longs for more space. Ever since I was nearly trampled by a stampede of people in Chicago years ago, my instinct is to avoid wherever crowds gather. Not good for a pastor’s wife.
But there are many pictures given to us in the gospels where people would have to make a brave decision to press through, crawl under, climb above or shout over the crowd of people that surrounded Jesus to reach Him. I can just imagine Zacchaeus hoisting up his Pharisaical robe, strapping his leather sandals tighter, and getting a splinter while climbing up a road-side tree to get a divine view. Can you feel the pointed pebbles and dust that pressed into the knees and scraped the palms of a woman weakened by years of hemorrhaging, merely to touch the hem of the Savior’s seamless robe? I can hear whispering condemnations and feel the disapproving glares that a sinful woman had to endure as she wept in front of a crowd. Her perseverance enabled her to hear Jesus’ audible affirmations of forgiveness that blanketed her shame with grace and rebuked all self-righteous and religious rejection.
What do you need to press past today to get to Jesus? What obstacles stand in seeming defiance to your reaching Him? Are you craving for a spiritual “break through”? Though the Lord’s presence fills heaven and earth, even Jesus would rise before dawn to go to a solitary place to be with His Father (Mk.1:35). Every day will have its obstacles, (maybe not a rooftop that needs to be disassembled) but I pray your heart presses past, through, over and above to meet with Him. The One that has and is and always will be; the answer to every problem, the supplier of every need, and the filler of every longing in our soul.
“And there I will meet with you, and I will commune with you from above the mercy seat…of all things…” Exodus 25:22