Scripture: Luke 4:38-44
Key verses: (38-40) 38After leaving the synagogue he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. 39Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them.40As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
Reflection: Jesus found himself the center of all kinds of storms. Not just the ones on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus also found himself at the center of storms made up of people with needs and requests, some of them heart-wrenching. Simon Peter’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever. Jesus takes care of it. Then she got up and began to serve them. (I always wonder about this story: they couldn’t have given her the evening off?) It was a compassionate act of Jesus. But it created a storm.
All the people around who were sick and diseased were brought to him for healing. Some seemed demon-possessed, and there was shouting. Jesus laid his hands on all the sick and healed them. And he rebuked the demons as well. It sounds like a busy chaotic night at Simon’s house. Jesus is the calm center of the storm.
In the morning he heads out to a deserted place, but the storm follows him. The crowd keeps looking for him. The want more healing, more miracles. They don’t want Jesus to leave. He is calm again, stating his purpose: to preach the good news of God’s kingdom not just in that place but in other cities as well. And then he goes and does just that.
We surely aren’t Jesus. But can we find the quiet calm of Jesus? Can we quiet ourselves in the midst of so many needs, so many requests for our time and our attention, so much that is asked from us? Can we center ourselves enough to know what our God-given purpose is, and then go do just that? Maybe it won’t be what everyone else expects of us. Maybe it will be something that surprises even us. May God help us to live out our quiet purpose in faith and in faithfulness.
Prayer: Lord, speak to me clearly, especially in the midst of storms. Help me know who you call me to be. Help me do what you call me to do. Help me follow your model of purpose. In the name of Christ I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].