After a serious argument with his parents,
Shawn ran away from home. It just happened
that precisely during those days, the results
of a series of medical tests he had done
previously, arrived. They showed that he
had to undergo certain medical procedures
urgently or else he would remain paralysed
all his life. And so the hide and seek 'game'
began. Everyone was looking desperately for
him to save his life and he was doing his
best to steer clear from anyone who might
This is more or less the story of our life.
God chases us but we keep running away from
him. We are afraid He may want to punish
us, or take away something from us, or saddle
us with more laws. The truth is that He is
frantically looking for us because He is
in love of us.
I was going through a tough time. I was feeling
exhausted and problems kept mushrooming.
I felt so much alone. Within myself, I wondered
where Jesus is. It would be great, I said
to myself, if He comes and help me out. And
sure enough… I suddenly felt someone tapping
on my shoulders and as I looked back… I saw
him, Jesus himself. He had come to wait for
me! "Shall we go out for a walk together?"
He just said.
Of course, I accepted gladly. This is a unique
opportunity to solve all my problems. His
acumen and his power will enlighten me. We
went out in the fields and walked towards
the sea. We were just walking in silence,
admiring the beauty of the nature around,
when I plucked up the courage to ask him,
"Sorry, Lord, I just want to know what
would be the best way to tackle this issue…"
He interrupted me and putting his finger
on his lips just muttered: "Sshh… listen,
listen… can you hear the birds singing? They
are great, no?" I did not know what
to answer. My mind, engrossed in my problems,
was so far away from the singing of the birds.
We kept walking. I again tried to bring up
what was troubling me and get some advice
from him. Again he stopped me. This time,
He put his hand around my shoulders and literally
forced me to look at the wide open sea, the
blue waves, the solid rocks, the golden sand…
"This is fantastic, no?" he just
I could not possibly lose such an opportunity!
When would I have such a close encounter
with Jesus? So yet again I brought forward
my concerns. But again He changed the subject.
This time hilariously He said, "I bet
you won't be able to hit that cable up on
the pole…" I couldn't believe my ears!
He instantly grabbed a stone, aimed and amazingly
enough, he fell short by a couple of inches.
When my turn came, I managed to hit the target.
Jesus started chuckling like a small boy.
I could not believe my eyes!
Before even knowing what was happening, we
were back to the convent. I had not managed
to ask him one single question. And He? He
just gave me a big smile and told me, "Come
on, Pius. Just relax…" And he left!
He was right of course.
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