Take Two Aspirin and Call Me in the Morning

I watched a u-tube post of a Sholin monk climbing fifteen steps using only his head–no hands, just his head. (Migraine or sinus sufferers will cringe at the sight.)  Whether or not there is a spiritual significance to his feat, I do not know.  If there is, I wouldn’t make a great Sholin monk.  I don’t do pain very well.  For relief, if I can’t sleep off a headache, I hit the pill bottle.

Over the years, people have committed crazy, injurious and dangerous acts to appease angry gods.   Wearing hair shirts; walking on burning coals; puncturing their backs with fish hooks; nailing their bodies to crosses; and throwing innocent babies on funeral pyres, are done all to prove their devotion for a deity who does not see, hear, or feel.  Sadly, the more pain they inflict on themselves, the less they feel accepted and forgiven by their gods.

My God is different.  He says, “I love you with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 33:3 NIV;  “If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive your sin and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9  Rizzo paraphrase.  No hanging by my ankles from a tree limb; no strapping a wooden cross to my back to prove I am sorry for my sins.  Jesus suffered the extreme sacrifice so I wouldn’t have to.

In life, I will have hurts (a recent visit to my dentist attests to that!);  and I will experience discomfort (as medical personnel refer other people’s pain,) but I don’t need to perform outrageous feats to get His attention or to acquire His grace.  On the contrary, Jesus understands my wimpish nature.  He says, “My grace is sufficient for you,  for My power is made perfect in [your] weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV 

And yet, God feels my pain.  He never says, “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.”  He is right here living and feeling my discomfort for the long haul, if necessary.  My weakness, my cries for relief do not go unnoticed.  Imagine.  They actually affect the very power and perfection of the King of the Universe, whatever that means.  Kind of blows my mind…



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