I’ve had a crappy start to this week. It has just been one of those times where I’d like to crawl under a rock and wait for the storm to pass, yanno? Do you ever have those times? It’s easy to feel alone at times like this. And today I do. I feel alone.
Anyhoo…I was writing out the second half of Hebrews 2 this morning and came to the verses at the end of the chapter that talk about Jesus being sent to earth to live as a man, to suffer and to be tempted as a man so that He can be a merciful and faithful go-between for us when He takes our needs to God. Because He went through it all, that means he understands what we’re going through and so he can help us.
God is amazing at working things out so that we can relate to Jesus using the way he created our brains to work. Translation….some of you have been following my journey to health and skinny-ness with my weekly weigh-ins…I like to watch shows like The Biggest Loser, and I like to get input from people who have been in my situation and who have succeeded in reaching their goals. However, I find myself less inclined to listen to people to want to tell me what to do, but who have never ever been in my situation…they lack credibility to me. (some other people I know, on the other hand, feel the exact opposite…they want to hear fitness and weightloss tips from people who have never succumbed to the lure of the chocolate biscuit). The connection to the Hebrews stuff is that I relate to people who are able to empathise with me. The fact that God sent his son to go through a life that culminated in the ultimate of crappy weeks so that he could empathise with me and my crappy life just blows me away. In fact Jesus went through 33 years worth of life where he was tempted and hated and ridiculed so that he can empathise with us.
So…rubber hitting the road…how did Jesus deal with the rough patches in his earthly life? His first instinct was worship and prayer. That should be my first instinct too when I’m feeling like crawling under a rock and hiding away from the world. I’m not alone…I don’t ever have to feel like I’m alone because Jesus is there….I just need to remember that 😉