I recently had one of the freakiest experiences of my life.
I had a medical test—I’m fine—but I had to be strapped to a table for the process of a fairly long (45 minute) set of scans. (Solution: do not tear muscles in your back.)
As the scan ended, the technician—a very nice and considerate lady—suddenly came on the intercom and told me that she had to leave for “a few minutes since something had come up”. Pop. The mike went dead. There had been two techs/nurses when the procedure started and I naturally wanted to ask that the second one just come in and release me.
I didn’t have on my watch. More importantly I was strapped down. Strapped down tightly I might add.
At first I just waited. Then I pushed the intercom button but no one answered. I waited. I pushed again. Nothing.
I started pushing against the straps. Nothing again.
I knew it was going to be ok but it was no fun.
I told myself to relax. I said Psalm 23 and The Lord’s Prayer. I repeated some favorite texts. I sang the first lines of favorite hymns and songs. I wasn’t amused or distracted far enough.
Eventually—with a lot of apologies—and only about 4 minutes later, attendants came, released me, apologized again and explained that one of the techs had become really ill and the second technician was helping the first. Lots more apologies. I tried to be nice.
Truth is it was a little freaky. I’ve told a couple of folks who are sort of freaked too.
It was scary to be dependent and helpless.
Lots of folks live their whole lives being constantly reminded that they are dependent. I’m one of the fortunate folks who can usually ignore the fact that I too am dependent. Our mission celebration called IMPACT reaches out to folks who have to depend on others.
But, I like ignoring that fact that I am dependent. I am dependent on others, I am dependent on this world’s structures, and I am dependent on God.
God took on flesh and thereby took on our fear of dependence. Jesus suffered because he was dependent on others to receive him. No one defended him. Everyone deserted him. Dependence did lead to death.
This season of the year—to become the whole persons God meant us to be—persons not afraid to trust and depend on God—we are called to reflect on what it means to depend—to depend on others, to depend on ourselves, to depend on God.
That is scary work.
But it is sacred work but reflecting on the love of God in Jesus, the Jesus who poured out life for us, will teach us to trust, to depend, not on ourselves or others, but on the power of God. The power of God raising Jesus and us up to new life.
Thanks be to God.
Jesus emptied himself, taking the form of a slave and by becoming like human beings. (Philippians 2:7)
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