READINGOld Testament: Jeremiah 2:1-13
Psalms: Psalms 61, 62
New Testament: Romans 1:16-25
Gospel: John 4:43-54
Evening Psalms: Psalms 68
“And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. ‘Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,’ Jesus told him, ‘you will never believe.’ The royal official said, ‘Sir, come down before my child dies.’ Jesus replied, ‘You may go. Your son will live.’ The man took Jesus at his word and departed.” (John 4:46-50)
My son Henry, who just turned two, is at that high-mobility/low-fear stage of life. If I’m walking up the stairs while he is heading down, he’s likely to fling himself into my arms without warning. Sometimes while I’m holding him, he’ll suddenly flip over backwards, dangling from my arm like a furiously giggling 26-pound bat. My parents tell me I was much the same at his age and had a similar bravado concerning a certain swimming pool near our apartment in Georgia.
This part of life is so fleeting, when we have complete faith that we’ll be caught, held, rescued, and comforted. That an all-powerful caregiver will always be there to keep us from harm and make things better.
In the passage from John, the government official who sought help from Jesus wouldn’t be dismissed, asking Jesus twice to come and heal his son. But when Jesus told him to go, that his son would be well, he took Jesus at His word… and simply went. What was it about Jesus that gave the official the feeling that all would be well? Something in His voice? His eyes? His general way of being?
Lord, please help me to put my complete trust in You, and to take You at Your word. Amen.