08 Jan The King
I sprained my ankle on Monday. I was running through a clearing on a trail covered by leaves, and it was a beautiful day. I was enjoying myself. I was nearly home when I stepped on a hidden root or rock—a stumbling block (to use a theological term). My right ankle—the good one—rolled, and I heard a snap. I said, Oh, no!
It has been six and a half years since my accident…when my left ankle became my bad ankle after being rebuilt and operated on a few times. I thought I had moved on, but, apparently, I have not. Too many memories came back, and the physical pain was compounded by the mental scar tissue. I remember too clearly what it is like to want to do things and not being physically able to do them. It is a helpless feeling.
It is really hard to have perspective in this moment. All I can think of is the pain and the temporary loss. As my ankle continues to swell, I have to remember this is a temporary state…I hope, anyway. As I contemplate all the negativity that is filling my brain, I am reminded the physical realm often takes priority over the spiritual and mental.
I am telling myself to find the joy in this. I am trying really hard. Joy. How do we find joy? Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones NASB).” The Message says it this way, “A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.” I feel tired…bone-tired.
We need a plan to uncover the joy that gets buried under pain, suffering, and regret. We wonder where to begin, but the answer is right in front of us. We are followers of Jesus, and we make our appeal to Him.
I listened to a Typology podcast this week with the guest, Pastor John Mark Comer. Pastor John Ortberg is his spiritual advisor, and he gave Comer a question to ask himself, How would my life be different if I was living in the Kingdom right now? To clarify: what would right now look like for you if you were living with Jesus as your king and spending this moment in His Kingdom. Jesus tells us this is one of His purposes—to bring a glimpse (or experience) of the Kingdom of God to earth (Luke 10:9).
Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God/Heaven often, because He wanted us thinking about His reign that was coming very soon. It is hard for us think about soon, because we are thinking in days and months. God exists over millennia, so perspective can be a hindrance.
Jesus is our king. He is our sovereign, and the One upon whom we should be relying. When the physical world lets us down for the umpteenth time—and it always will let us down—we need to turn to Jesus. He offers a kingdom for eternity, but He also offers us a home right here. We will end with this: How would today be different if you were living in Jesus’ Kingdom right now? With that answer in your mind, make it a reality and live with Jesus as your King—responsible for your provision and protection. Live for Him alone.
Blessings to you,