Jesus Wants You To Know
Many times we never make it in Christianity
because there is always something holding
us back. The Danish theologian Sören Kierkegaard
wrote about a well-off woman who felt God
calling her to the religious life. She felt
she would be able to give up everything in
order to do this, with one exception: she
had a garden which was very dear to her heart.
It was a place for her to be alone and to
renew herself. And she was unable and unwilling
to give up the key to her secret garden.
Perhaps we too have a secret garden and perhaps
we too are unwilling to give up the key to
Jesus and to let him take possession of all!
One priest told me how one day he met a young
man leaving a rehabilitation center for alcoholics
just a few hours after he entered! "Do
you know what they wanted me to do in there?"
he confided to him in a shocked whisper,
"They wanted me to change my whole life
The poor lad saw all that as being far too
complicated, and he was getting out of there
as fast as he could. In fact, this man had
chosen undoubtedly the more difficult road.
The road that had been suggested to him was
much easier and held higher hopes of satisfaction
in life than the one that he chose to follow.
The issue is perhaps that we underestimate
His power and His tenderness with our wounds.
A novice went to Abba Poemen in sorrow. "I
had a great fall, Abba," he confessed,
"and I need at least three years to
repent." "That's too much,"
the Elder told him. "Is three months
enough, then?" "That's also too
much," the holy man replied. Let me
tell you that if you have truly repented
and have made a firm decision not to fall
into the same sin again, God in his Goodness
will receive you back in three days"
Someone made up this dialogue between Jesus
and the soul that I found very enlightening.
"If you never felt pain, then how would
you know that I am a healer? If you never
went through addiction, how would you know
that I am a deliverer? If you never felt
sadness, how would you know that I am a comforter?
If you never made a mistake, how would you
know that I am forgiving?
If you knew all, how would you know that
I will answer your questions? If you never
were in trouble, how would you know that
I will always come to your rescue? If you
never were broken, then how would you know
that I can make you whole? If you never had
a problem, how would you know that I can
If you never had any suffering, then how
would you experience my nearness to you in
pain? If you never went through fire, then
how would you become pure? If I never corrected
you, how would you know that I love you?
If your life was perfect, how could you possibly
understand others? I never said it would
be easy, I only said it would be worth it."
I think I finally understand something…
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