We have all been there. You are uncomfortable, your little sibling won’t stop farting, you can’t get comfortable to fall asleep and wake up at your destination, and on and on and on. While this feeling is no fun, it brings opportunities.
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Opportunity you say?
Look, I get it, that feeling of things dragging on can insight even stronger feelings of dread, anxiety and stress, but what if the next time we feel this feeling of angst we recognize it as an opportunity to grow? So let’s look at the story of the Roman centurion for some wisdom.
5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
Wow….did you guys catch that? Jesus, a person with no ties to any earthly army, is being approached by a man with massive amounts of authority (as we see a little later). This centurion cares for his servant, someone who would be considered beneath him in authority, so he tells Jesus of his plight. I can imagine this centurion had that sense of angst waiting to see Jesus just so that he could tell him of his servant.
7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”
Jesus builds the anticipation of the centurion here a little, but the centurion understands the authority that Jesus has. He has seen that Jesus is more powerful than having to actually go and see his servant.
8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
Humility. So much humility from this centurion. Even though the centurion is a man of great authority, he recognizes Jesus as more then just a man. He recognizes the true authority granted to Jesus. He understands that Jesus is able to all of the things he asks and more, but we must recognize it is ONLY under His authority that they are done and not our own.
10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
Guys, JESUS WAS AMAZED!!!! I often think of what it would take to amaze Jesus. That must be a really high bar considering he watched the Heaven’s and the earth being formed.
The take away
So next time we have this feeling of something taking forever, let’s remember the centurion and how he waited. He waited and understood the level of authority that Jesus had to fulfill his request. This blog has come out of this feeling of angst I have had lately in regards to life returning back to normal after COVID. The question of whether we are at the end of this thing keeps rolling around in my head. Just like the centurion, I trust that God has this under control and He is working it all out for His good, pleasing and perfect will. Even though it is really tough to see the end of this rocky road-trip we have been on since March, I know that at some point it will end. So keep your heads up, remember to trust in what God is doing and lean into Him.
I challenge you this week to reach out to those in your circles and be intentional. Someone might want to talk to you really badly, but they don’t want to, “bother you”. Let’s be honest….we are all sitting at home after work wondering when we will be able to do things normally again. Well here is something that is still the same as it was before the pandemic: A phone call.
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