“And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world.”
I John 4:14
Jesus, the Savior
I think it’s true that none of us show up on the scene ready to go, fully complete. Our first instinct, as soon as our lungs are cleared, is to cry out for help as loud as we can.
-Br. Jim Woodrum
In the first week we began to explore the love of God. And this week, we’re learning how that love of God has been manifest in our lives through the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.
A few years ago, I got into an argument with a friend when I made the statement that I didn’t believe in the “self-made” man. He pushed back a little bit, and he said, “But Jim, your success as a musician has been the result of your hard study and your hard work in the practice room, and in your courage to take an audition when there were many other people who could play the part just as well as you.” And whilst some of that is true, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize that there were many people in my life who actually nurtured my love of music, who taught me how to read music, who taught me how to practice efficiently and how to showcase the ways that I could perform the part that was unique to me, and that might win the audition.
As a matter of fact, I think it’s true that none of us show up on the scene ready to go, fully complete. Our first instinct, as soon as our lungs are cleared, is to cry out for help as loud as we can. I believe that this is what the Johannine community was witnessing to when they wrote, “And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world.” I believe we never really fully outgrow the instinct to cry for help. But how the love of God is made manifest in our life is by the fact that Jesus has come into our lives and into our human condition, to be with us, to guide us, to walk with us and to help nurture the things that we need in order to be fully alive, to be more completely who God has created us to be.
So maybe in your prayer life, maybe you would want to focus on: “What in my life needs help? Where can I not go it alone? Where do I need God’s help and love and provision in order to take the next step?” This is how God is waiting to meet us in our lives. All we have to do is ask.