Wednesday, August 13, 2014
When Asking Becomes the Primary Objective
By Micky Wolf
I couldn’t understand why—why reading and rereading the email was stirring up uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. It’s not that I did not want to respond to the request for assistance, or even that the request was unreasonable.
Then it hit me. The sender rarely connects and when they do, it is to ask for something—time, talents or resources.
Jesus was ‘hit’ with a lot of requests in his brief time of public ministry. Would that I was more Christ-like in so many ways. Yet there are reported instances where he did not linger in a community or town, or, for that matter, could help every person who wanted him to.
This realization doesn’t necessarily make me feel any better. It does, however, make me acutely aware of those occasions when I seek Jesus. More often than not, do I want something from him? His time, more of his love, goodness and mercy? His blessings?
Being a Christian is so much about being in relationship—first and foremost with Our Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. To experience healthy and loving relationship, we need to spend time together—listening, sharing, exchanging thoughts and ideas, being authentic with our feelings and emotions. When that happens, the good fruit that is Christ-centered love can be offered to those we encounter on our journey.
Maybe Jesus sighs at times when we go to him, not because he doesn’t want to respond to our request for assistance or even that the request is unreasonable. Maybe it’s because we’re so focused on the asking we barely notice how much he would thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the time we could be together.