He Moved In! by Pablo Giacopelli
By Pablo Giacopelli
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By Pablo Giacopelli
There was once a ward in a hospital with extremely handicapped people in it. These people were sent there as they were unable to communicate or even function properly in society. They were the product of extreme mental trauma suffered at the hands of others either from childhood or in adulthood.
The hospital where the ward was located had tried everything they knew to help these people recover but not much progress was made over the years. The patients were mainly sedated most of the day and lived isolated and lonely lives. One day a new doctor was hired to lead the department. Unlike all the other leaders that had gone before him, he told the hospital that he would move into the ward permanently and he would live with the patients as just one more of them. The hospital at first felt this was odd and extreme however they cautiously agreed to it. The doctor moved in his things and started to do life with these people. At night he would often sit with them and just talk to them. He would cuddle them and hug them and would show them love like they had not seen in their lives. He offered them unconditionally what they could not even begin to earn.
After six months people that had not spoken in years began to speak. Others began to smile and others still began to recover from the trauma. Most of the patients eventually stopped their sedation and in time many of them returned to their normal lives as they were always meant to be.
He Became One of Us
Through Jesus, like this doctor, God moved physically into our reality with us as He became one of us. He willingly limited himself to the same limitations we have while at the same time He revealed to us what we could not earn within it which was unconditional love and grace. For Him it was so important that we understood who He really was that He decided to show up Himself and tell us all about it. He didn't use artificial medicine or a third party to heal us and show us the way as that had been reserved all along for His presence and tender hands.
So today no matter what is up in your journey, take some time to be still and receive from Him what nothing or no one can ever give us in this reality we all live in, no matter how hard we keep trying.
"Man one thing is for sure and that is that this Christian walk is so hard," said a man on a plane I had the opportunity of speaking with in a recent trip. Unfortunately the reality is that for many of us our encounter with Jesus is nothing more than a mental illusion instead of the spiritual experience it was always meant to be. Even though we make a decision to follow him, and try really hard to do it, we do so from our minds and not our hearts. This is why so often Christianity is so hard and so many of us give up on it and God, as we believe that if practicing it is that hard then God must be equally hard to relate with.
I had the opportunity last week to speak to thousands of people in China where I spent twelve days sharing the message Dad has given to me. As I spoke to many people before and after each engagement I could not help but to sense that the majority struggled along in their spiritual journey. Please understand that what I am referring to here by "struggled" is not circumstantial as much as it is experimental. In other words it was not the hassles they experienced but the impact they had on them and how they felt. I sensed that somehow with each obstacle there was a lot more that was challenged in them and it had to do with their identity.
I have visited the Sea of Galilee dozens of times. Each time I have had someone with me almost always the words "I must have a really long way to go yet as unlike Peter I have never walked on water" are uttered. Over time as I heard these words over and over something began to be stirred within me. It was the kind of stirring I get every time I sense that something is not quite right with the assessment we are making from something that happened within scripture. Each time this stirring begins I ask Dad for clarity knowing that our current understanding of what God is trying to share with us is somehow falling short of what he intended for us to see.