It’s Five Minute Friday where I join Kate Motaung and the #FMFParty girls to write flat out for five minutes. No editing, no polishing, and then link up together. It’s been a long time since I was able to join the party but I’m back now! So come join the fun!
As an extrovert, I often like to be in the middle of things. You know, life of the party and all that. I also love being the first to get some news, and knowing stuff others don’t! When I was a child, I never wanted to go to sleep because I was afraid of what I’d miss.
But there are other times I don’t prefer to be in the middle. When having folks look at me is uncomfortable. Or maybe it’s embarrassing.
Luke told this story in his Gospel,
One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
Right in the Middle
The man was ill and his friends desperately wanted healing for him. So they climb up on a roof. They cut a hole in the roof. And they lowered him down right in the middle of the crowd. Which was also right in front of Jesus.
I wonder if he wanted to be there right in the middle, right in front of Jesus. But he couldn’t move, so he didn’t have much choice did he?
In retrospect, I think that’s the best place to be. And it makes me wonder how often I seek out the middle just to be near Jesus. That might be the middle spot I want to be in!
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