My wife comes into the room and says to me, “Todd, the next two weeks are going to be really tight financially. We’ve got two big medical bills, and two of your daughters have college tuition due.” I reply, “It’s really only 11 days, not two weeks.” Brilliant. Or, this fictional jewel taken from the Laughlab at the University of Hertfordshire in England, submitted by Geoff Anandappa.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are going camping. They pitch their tent under the stars and go to sleep. In the middle of the night Holmes wakes Watson up: "Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you deduce."
Watson: "I see millions of stars and even if a few of those have planets, it's quite likely there are some planets like Earth, and if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might also be life."
Holmes: "Watson, you idiot, somebody's stolen our tent!"
Or, this taken from Twitter (by way of https://www.boredpanda.com/funny-people-missed-jokes/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic)
I’m not sure why most people do it. I think in my case it’s probably a mixture of being easily distracted, possibly not wanting to discuss the topic at hand (see the conversation with my wife above), and even willful stubbornness. I hate to admit those last two, but I’m just being real.
This topic came to mind as I was studying the Bible yesterday. I was reading John 5:1-24. It tells the story of Jesus healing a man who had been sick and unable to walk for 38 years. The man had lain near the Pool of Bethesda inside the city of Jerusalem for 38 years! Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be healed. When the man told Him that he wasn’t able to get into the supposed healing waters of the pool due to his handicap, Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” The man stood up, got his mat and happily walked away from the pool. This man who had languished at this pool for 38 years, desperate for help, healing, a chance…. Now, this Rabbi comes along and restores his health and he is able to stand up, get his mat, and walk. What a perfect way to celebrate a Sabbath day. He could walk over to his parents’ home who haven’t seen him walk since he was a young man. What a joy that would be for them! Not so fast. In a move I believe to be astronomically worse than my “11 days” statement above, some religious leaders see this man that they had undoubtedly seen at some point over the last 38 years.
“You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”
Talk about missing the point! Instead of awe, joy, and a desire to go learn about the Source of this miraculous healing, these guys were fixated on their own misunderstanding of the Sabbath. This was an “Aha!” moment for me. I asked myself how many times has God been at work in my life, or in the life of someone I love, only to have me miss the point completely. It manifests itself in a variety of ways. Sometimes I rationalize the “natural” ways that it could work itself out. Sometimes I don’t even realize something has happened. This is usually because I’ve allowed myself to get too busy with things that aren’t nearly as important as what God has just done. Again, just being real here. I’m ashamed of this. I repent of it even as I am writing. This is unbelief and an ungrateful heart. God is real. He is working. I don’t want to miss it. My prayer for myself, my family, and the Big “C” Church, is that God would give us eyes to see Him at work, that we would be grateful, and energized and empowered to go make a difference in our little chunk of the world.
Each day we go into the world with the opportunity to make an impact. Each person whose paths cross ours matters. Lives intersect for a reason. I believe there is One who directs our steps to these sometimes seemingly random meetings. My goal for these encounters is that I make a difference. That is my desire for those who venture across my blog. I hope you are blessed and it makes a difference for you.