John 10:37-42 (CEB)
37 If I don’t do the works of my Father, don’t believe me. 38 But if I do them, and you don’t believe me, believe the works so that you can know and recognize that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again, they wanted to arrest him, but he escaped from them.
40 Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had baptized at first, and he stayed there. 41 Many people came to him. “John didn’t do any miraculous signs,” they said, “but everything John said about this man was true.” 42 Many believed in Jesus there.
My step mom, is awesome. She’s lived a lot of different places. Because of this she notices the all of the local accents and phrasing. One day, she asked me about my southern accent and the phrase, “fixin’ to”. I know it’s not correct use of the word “fixing” by its definition, but it is a great way of speaking into present about the future as a certainty. It’s a polite way of telling you how I am going to control what happens next. Like, “I’m fixin’ to go to the store and pick up some stuff.” That means I’m going to the store to get the stuff we need for the next meal, and whatever I get is what were going to eat. It’s also a motivator for change, like “I’m fixing to lose my mind if you don’t…” This is the warning that I’m about to 50 shades of insane if you don’t stop doing what you’re doing, you’ll end up hurt, and I’ll find peace in jail.
John 10. Jesus is fixin’ to do something big. You are being set up. The foreshadowing is obvious if you’ve read the story before. Jesus tells the religious leaders who want to kill him, “If you won’t believe God sent me because of my words, then believe my work. Water into wine anyone? Healings? Feedings? But upon his return, he will work his greatest miracle to date. Jesus is fixin’ to raise Lazarus from the dead.
But before he does, he retreats to a safe place of rest and work, “across the Jordan.” There’s just something about the water there. So much happens in the bible with folks crossing the Jordan and in the Jordan, from Joshua and the Israelites entry in to the promised land, to Naaman being made clean, to Jesus being baptized. The Jordan is a place where God starts things, renews and refreshes, builds up, and prepares. The Jordan is another sign that God is fixin’ to do something big.
Where do you go when you’re facing something big? What do you do when you know something big is fixin’ to happen? Once again, Jesus sets the example for us. He doesn’t run away from his problems, he goes away to refresh, and he won’t return until he’s ready.
Where is God fixin’ to do something in your life, and are you ready for it? Would you notice it if God did?
Prayer: God, I’m fixin’ to face this day. Thank you coffee. Thank you for grace. Thank you for Grace and Grind. When your fixin’ to do something today, let me see it and be part of it. Amen.