As I have been preparing for our next L.I.G.H.T. session in conjunction with the reality of the last few days it dawned on me that it is time for an E-thought!
It has been quite the week. We were without power in South County (thanks to National Grid for bringing it back!!) As a result, my family spent much time in Warwick with “Nana” enjoying her shower and her power. (thanks to Nana for putting up with us!) During the time when we were at our home without the luxury of electric power, we were faced with the reality of lack of personal power.
It was frustrating; to say the least.
I was not with my family here however. I was in NH with another part of my family. My dear, sweet mother-in-law (Grandma) is struggling with Cancer. And watching her accomplish tasks as she deals with new physical limitations regarding mobility brings my mind back to that same issue of power. In a way, it is like being in the dark.
It is frustrating; without a doubt.
As we spoke of last month, Jesus came to walk among us to show us the face of God. Jesus’ actions on Earth pointed back to the actions of God with the people of Israel. Jesus demonstrated that He is God, though He became fully human. Well this month, we will be taking that to the next step. We will be talking about Jesus the man. We will look at how he gave us wonderful examples to help us in our human lives. Jesus became one of us to feel what we experience and to demonstrate how we can respond.
With that in mind, how did Jesus deal with a lack of power? We have many wonderful examples to draw from as reported to us through the New Testament.
Jesus experienced frustration; that is the truth.
So as we experience our own frustrations in life – the inconvenience of being in the dark or the huge struggle of illness, and everything in between, we have a model to look to. We have actions to imitate. We have a wonderful God who demonstrated His love for us by giving us the model of Jesus. I hope that will bring you comfort when times get tough. That’s the point.
We will be exploring this truth further at our next Gathering. Until then, it’s something to think about.
Have a great weekend everyone!