Why accept it?
What is acceptance?
“While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. 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.” – Luke 5:12
What if Jesus isn’t willing?
I have wrestled with this my whole life – what if Jesus isn’t willing to heal or change what it is that we face or deal with?
There is a constant reminder in me of what I call, “Faith growing moments” and those moments only come at the point where the leprosy we have stays with us.
Plans change, life takes alternative paths, people leave us and anger separates us and IT IS ALL from Him allowing it to happen- the acceptance of this is Faith!
This doesn’t mean I don’t say, “I am sorry” and it doesn’t mean that the human part of me doesn’t crave healing- it simply means that in accepting this moment as from Him I can rest in the idea that it’s perfect.
In this story Jesus was willing and the leper was healed because that fit into God’s plan to share and shine His Love to all people. One thing I have found true in my own life and healing is this- whatever happens it is for the benefit of the other person and myself and if I live in the awareness of that faith grows.
Here is a meditation for you that I have to constantly go back to in my life. Perhaps it’s the nature of my life but it seems like I am constantly traveling and moving. It is so very valuable for me to just “Be still and know that He is God” and yet at times this seems so very illusive. I recently found myself with loud noises on all sides and sand blowing all around me in the middle of a Kuwaiti desert and after a couple of deep and sandy breathes I returned to normal breathing and as I did I:
Breathed in and said:
“Your will for me”
Breathed out and said:
“Is here and now”
Practice this and re-practice this anytime you need to accept that this moment is where He has you for His purpose which you may never know but He has you here so LOVE like He first loved you- unconditionally!