Saying Yes, &…

Hey there, Sweet Sister! It’s so good to be here with you again. 💙

If you’re joining us for the first time today, we’ve been spending time in the Parables.

Last week, Carly shared about The Parable of The Pearl and a little bit about how our blog, The Pearl Community came to be. If you haven’t read this one yet, I want to encourage you to go ahead and check it out.

For everyone who’s been following along with us for the last year, I want to say a big,

“THANK YOU!!!” 💙💙💙

We love being part of your lives & sharing pieces of our story along with the Word of God.

We also hope you’ve enjoyed diving into the Parables as much as we have. {If you have a favorite, let us know in the comments below!}

There’s something about reading every word written in red—It seems like I find something new every time I take a closer look.

This week, as we continue our search for treasures hidden in the words of Jesus, I want to invite you to look in a little bit different way as well.

The Parable of the Net {Matthew 13:47-51}

Hidden Treasures series ~ The Pearl Community

This week we’re looking at The Parable of the Net. You can find it in the reference listed above. Today, though, I just want to look at one verse.

It’s the conversation after Jesus talks to His disciples and tells them a story representing the “end of the age”—some serious, straight out of the Book of Revelation kind of stuff.

He looks at all of them, asks one question, and here is their response:

“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.

“Yes,” they replied.”

Matthew‬ ‭13:51 NIV

Wow. Seriously?

I don’t know about you, but reading this I feel like it’s nowhere near the actual truth.

Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, because this is what we’re still doing today…

Can you hear it too?

It’s fear talking. {Ask me how I know.}

So many times we’re afraid to own up to what we don’t know, things we don’t understand, places we’re not getting it right…

& we end up missing out on a learning opportunity, a relational moment, or making space for grace.

What if the disciples had redeemed their response by being honest—saying no, I’m not sure, or at the very least: “Yes, &”—

I’ve been hearing this phrase a lot lately, maybe you’ve heard it too, but let’s think about it for a second. What would this response to Jesus look like in our own lives today?

• Yes, Jesus, I want to follow you & I need some help knowing what to do in this situation…

• Yes, I trust You, Lord, but I don’t know what to do about this struggle that’s been in my life for a long time…

• Yes, I believe Your Word, and that’s why I’m asking You to help me understand these questions I have about faith…

It’s real and raw when we open up to God instead of simply saying yes and turning the page of our Bible (or closing it)—

It’s also brave and beautiful.

This week I want to challenge you to bring your “Yes &” and even your “No” to Jesus—along with the question you may have.

He’s big enough to handle it.

& this is where beautiful relationship begins.

Published by Nicki Bishop

Inspirational Writer // Arts & Literacy Instructor // Worship Musician

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