I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.Wayne Gretsky
Gretzky wasn’t the fastest skater on the ice or the toughest, yet he made a hall-of-fame career skating to where the puck was going to be.
Jesus Christ wasn’t the kind of deliverer most of the Israelites were looking for, yet he fulfilled His God-sent mission and changed human history.
Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.Luke 9:51 (NKJV)
I love how the New King James Version says “He set his face.” Christ was proactive, rather than reactive, concerning God’s plan for His life. He skated to where the puck was going to be.
But how did He do this? The answer is, despite a demanding schedule, Jesus prioritized His fellowship with God. Large crowds followed Him everywhere, yet He “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”–Luke 5:16 (NIV)
Notice the picture I chose for this post. One of the young hockey players has his face guard ready. The other does not.
Kind reader, have you “set your face” toward God’s plan?