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.
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.
God says do not harden your hearts – I have been meditating about this for a little while now in the hope of being able to understand in a practical way what this might look like and how it impacts our lives when it happens. I began for some reason to think about muscles and how they work and are renewed. As I sat there I tensed the main muscle on my leg and kept it tense for a short while. As I did this I noticed that even though this was a voluntary movement it nevertheless rendered my muscle useless as in this state of tension nothing could enter nor exit from it. I also noticed that unless I relaxed it the muscle would cramp up and remain hard and in pain until treated.
"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.