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.
So often in life we strive and are so consumed with figuring God out that our urgency and anxiety actually causes us to miss him. For example over the years I have spent many quiet times in the mornings doing anything and everything but being quiet. During these times my prayers have been noble and centered on the usual requests for things and ways in which I wanted God to show up and show me, yet all I heard was silence. For some years now I have chosen to spend more of my time silent. You see, remaining quiet has helped me to center myself and be present and most importantly aware of what he wants to do with and in me on any given moment. It has helped me to relax my perspective and shift my attention to begin to understand which is the language that God uses most of the time he speaks to us.
The Israelites left Egypt where they were slaves for several hundred years. As they came out to the desert God waited for them longing to woo them much the same way that a man woos a woman during courtship. Things unfortunately started to go South very quickly when the Israelites did what most of us normally do which is to put the face of Pharaoh (who/what we live to please) over the face of God. This action implants in us an erroneous view of God which means that we try to relate with him much the same way we did/do with the one who has wounded us the most. In their case, Pharaoh, with whom they knew no relationship was possible apart from one that revolved around hard labor. He gave them their marching orders and they performed them. As long as they did this all was well and they were allowed to survive.
Not long ago I sat listening to someone speak about their relationship with God and the way He involved himself in this persons life. As I sat there I saw the face of yet another individual light up when he began to explain to me how God paid him from time to time, in an amazing way, a visit in his life. Inevitably every time I hear something like this I am led to ask the person where was God all those other times when he was supposedly not visiting them in an amazing way? And believe me that while I understand what people mean I see this picture as being the same as someone saying that within their marriage the only time they are aware of their partner is when they are having sex with them.