How many times does it take to get it right?: Mark 8:1-21

In the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” a weather man is reluctantly sent to cover a story about the groundhog coming out of hibernation (or the weather forecasting "rat" as he calls it).  On awakening the 'following' day he discovers that it's Groundhog Day again, and again, and again.  Although he tries to have fun with it, he soon realizes that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, experiencing the same thing EVERY day.

Have you ever wished you could have the same opportunity more than once?  Starting in chapter 8, Jesus’ disciples have their own kind of “Groundhog Day” experience.

If we step back from the text and look at the larger story we see a distinct repetition in the disciples’ experience.  Just a few verses ago, they went through the very same series of encounters.  Look at these parallels:
6:31–44     Feeding a multitude               8:1–9
6:45–56     Crossing the lake                  8:10
7:1–23       Dispute with the Pharisees   8:11–13
7:24–30     Discussion about bread        8:14–21
7:31–36     Healing                                  8:22–26
7:37           Confession of faith                8:27–30

The disciples have a second chance to exercise their faith in Jesus.  Your walk with Christ might be very similar.  Walking in faith takes practice and God often presents us with multiple opportunities for obedience.  Although we might misstep or stumble, at the next opportunity we can step obediently.  In your walk of faith, the second, third, or fourth chance for obedience becomes valuable as you learn how walk in the will of God.

Bill Murray was frustrated by his Groundhog Day, but believers belong to the God of second chances, and each chance is a golden opportunity for obedience.