On facebook in the past month I have:
- told 25 things about myself to 25 people
- created an album cover using wikapedia, flickr and random quotes
- caught up with my 4th grade teacher
- chatted with a high school friend that I haven’t talked to since he graduated
- created an NCAA bracket
- laughed at a great Breakfast Song video
- and loads of other things that I normally would not have done
Some of these things were interesting and completely time worthy a while others are purely a waste of time but fun….Usually some of the time wasters are sent to me by other who have done them too, so I just follow along and have fun with them… like this a little Google exercise that had these instructions- Go to Google, type your first name followed by the word “needs” and then write down the first five things you need…. so here is what Nancy needs
- to learn what the moon is
- her own personal Boeing 757
- a vacation
(I definitely think four and five are on the money..)
I’m glad that I don’t really have to search Google to know everything that I need…..although sometimes it could come in handy. Often times though, like it or not, I know exactly what I need.
I read tonight one of my very favorite accounts of Christ and the need of one man (Luke 5:12-16). At first it seems like just a regular story of healing but then there is something more to it. It begins as Christ has been healing others all around and word was spreading about his abilities. A man with leprosy comes up to him and asks him to heal him if he will…. Now I want to make the picture of this story a bit bigger… (Max Lucado’s book, “Just Like Jesus” tells it in a far better way than I could)… the story is of the leper.. the way that people look at his disfigured body and are repulsed, the way that he longs to hug his wife and hold his daughter, the way he must warn people as he aproaches by announcing that he is “unclean” when entering a crowd… for years he has longed to be near another, to be touched, to be loved, to just be human but he is an outcast and his only hope lies in a man who he has heard has healed others…
Jesus did heal him but my favorite part is this…. Jesus reached out and touched him… Jesus could have just said the words, “you are healed.” He could have told him to go home and his leprosy would be gone. He could have done any number of things but Jesus knew that this man needed more than just a healing… this man needed a touch. He needed to be validated, to know that he was worthy of a loving touch… He needed it and God gave it to him completely. Amazing.
I love how God knows what we need better than we do… and all the guy did was ask.
I don’t know what you are dealing with or what you need as you read this but I do know that all we have to do is humbly ask for Christ to help and we may get more than what we knew we needed..
The Man With Leprosy- Luke 5:12-16
12While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy.[l] When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
13Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
14Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
15Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.