Trouble is we miss or choose to ignore many moments that come along and the positive impact they can bring. Perhaps we're too busy, focused somewhere else, or just not willing to make a connection with God and/or others when these moments present themselves. Jesus took another approach.
Trudging up the path to the well with a heavy water jug on her shoulder comes a Samaritan women. Needing a midday rest from travel, no one would have noticed or minded if Jesus had ignored her... but he didn't. He asks for a drink of water. From there a deep theological conversation unfolds between them, leading to Jesus' revelation that he is the Messiah. The woman's understanding and belief changes the spiritual trajectory of her life and her community forever (John 4:7-42).
There the young man stood; privileged, wealthy, and confident; but a need for something more still gnawed at his soul. “What must I do to obtain eternal life?” he asks. With the crowd around him clamoring for attention, Jesus could have ignored the question or given a quick answer and moved on... but he didn't. Instead, the Bible tells us that “Jesus looked at him carefully and loved him.” Then he issued the man an invitation that made him walk away, challenged deeply about his life (Mark 10:17-20).
Jesus had an important itinerary to keep, so he and his disciples were quickly passing through on their way to Jerusalem. “Jesus, Son of David, show me mercy,” came the cry from the crowd lining Jericho's streets to witness the procession of the famous miracle working teacher. Those leading Jesus' entourage told the blind man to keep quiet and not to bother the travelers. Annoyingly the blind shouted all the louder! Jesus could have ignored the shouts for help, everyone else was trying to... but he didn't. From that day forward the man could see in more ways than one (Luke 18:35-43).
Moments matter. Jesus choose not to ignore potentially life-impacting moments when they presented themselves. My prayer is that you and I will follow that example. Click here to listen to more.
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