Find Another Way

Our theme this week is “Jesus is forgiving.”

Years ago, I attended a multi-day work training event. One evening was listed as a “surprise” on our agenda. This led to many questions and some angst. What was the event? Where were we going? This introvert really wanted to know the plan, because an evening social event that is great fun for most might pale in comparison to, say, staying behind to catch up on customer emails (if you catch my drift). Our leaders were mum.

We adjourned our classroom training and were told to meet back in an hour to catch the buses that would take us to the mystery event. My co-workers and I headed to our adjacent hotel when I noticed the buses were already lined up outside, and I had a mischievous idea. Sometimes an introvert’s determination to avoid unpleasant social situations can ironically make him the boldest of the bunch. I walked over to one of the buses and motioned to the driver, who opened his window. I called out, “What’s the name of that place we’re headed tonight?” Nobody told the bus drivers it was a secret, so I got the information everybody was looking for. The lesson?

Sometimes you must find another way.

Luke describes some men who found another way to accomplish something much more significant than avoiding what turned out to be a dinner/karaoke/team building event.

Since they could not find a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the mat through the roof tiles into the middle of the crowd before Jesus. Seeing their faith He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” (Luke 5:19-20 HCSB)

The big story here is of course Jesus forgiving the man’s sins, healing his body, and demonstrating His true authority. But let’s not miss what the man’s friends did when their original plan didn’t work. They found another way.

What day-to-day life issues are you struggling with? Are you having problems with co-workers, family members, budgeting, staying healthy physically or mentally? Do you keep trying and failing to make things better? Maybe you need to try another way that’s radically different than what you’ve done in the past.

Need to find another way? Let’s not forget The Way.

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 HCSB)

By Mark Stuart

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