Every evening we read as a family a couple pages out of the Bible, and then we discuss our favorite parts. My favorite part on this particular read, as it often is, was in John 5:3-6 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” I have a personal reason this scripture touches me so much and I have a sort of "snotty tone" when I read it out loud, which I'm really being brutally honest about. I know it sounds bad on my part, and it is a bit, but if I want to be truthful, that's truth. People are scared to let you see who they really are inside, but me, I might as well tell you, because Jesus sees it anyway, and he's the one that will call me out on it. So I might as well air my dirty laundry before those that can not hurt me so that I don't cover it up... ok rabbit trail...so back to my point. So as I'm reading this scripture in my normal snotty tone, something (God) makes me see this scripture in bold. It said DO YOU WANT TO GET WELL? It was my English teacher lessons coming out from years ago. This was a question that provided a choice. So the one that we beg for healing (Jesus) was asking the sick man a question that would require the CHOICE of the sick man. What? Ok... it's going to take a minute to absorb.... The healer knew that the man already had it in him (because he was created by God to do so) to make the choice to have healing. God already knew what we needed before we could ask or think...why? because he made us, and he made the way before we even knew we were lost or sick! WHAT....seriously.
So in my bout of excitement, since I shut down Facebook, I threw this simple text out to 3 of my favorite prayer people....."And Jesus asked Do you want to be healed? Its so cool that its a choice!!!
No response... from anyone.
No worries... God didn't stop there.
The next morning I went to work and I was still pumped, so I went in to tell 2 of my coworkers about the God Moment. One of which I had texted, but she said her husband read the text and she forgot all about it. So I got all excited and told them again, with my hands flinging and spit flying!!! They thought my God Moment was "cool." Good revelation. Not as cool as I thought it was, but never the less cool enough.
Fast forward to 2 pm. I finally get a text from my Pastor friend who I texted the night before...who asked me if I got this revelation from this book called "culture of honor". I replied, no, I never heard of that book, I had gotten it from reading the Bible and God speaking. He replied that he had just read the same thing from this book... coincidence? We both knew it wasn't...God was on the move.
Coworker 1 - "HOLY MOLY!!!! That is super COOL!
Coworker 2 - Wow. Awesome timing! ... God's confirmation. Love it! :)
Me.... I cried.
It's amazing to me that God will go out of his way in a completely non-obvious way to show you that he takes time for you. It's not a minute today or a minute tomorrow, it's 24/7 attention and affection, towards just you. And, it was not just me he showed, it was 9 different people just from 2 sentences of his word in the Bible. God is big...bigger than we can imagine, he is there for you and me 24/7 all the time, he has enough love, time, and energy to love us all.
The words "all the other names fade away, until there's only you, Jesus take your place" are singing in my head... whatever distracts you; sicknesses, circumstances, heartbreaks, people, activities, work...what ever takes your eyes of Jesus...must fade away until you see a clear picture of the one who loves you. I am not saying quit your jobs, walk away from your friends, and loose hope, or give up anything, what I am saying is that when Jesus takes his place as number 1 in your life...all the other things either line up, or bow down.
God thank you for the readers here today, thank you for the lessons you are blessing them with in every God Moment, thank you that their eyes are open and their hearts are ready through the Holy Spirit to call on the name of your son Jesus, who provides us with all our needs. Thank you for giving us eternal life in you.