Tri-focal – Part 2

On another Sabbath He entered the synagogue and was teaching; and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him. But He knew what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And he got up and came forward. And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?” After looking around at them all, He said to him, “Stretch out your hand!”And he did so; and his hand was restored. But they themselves were filled with rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.

Focus on The Man

I have a large scar on the back of my right hand.  I have had this scar since I was a baby and in my younger years it was much larger and very obvious; it has gotten smaller with the passing of time.  I never think much about it unless someone notices and comments. I used to feel very self-conscious and uncomfortable whenever I was asked about it.

Jesus sees the man with the withered hand and tells him to come forward.  I can guess how the man feels, awkward and  uncomfortable, not wanting to be noticed, yet,the man does not hesitate.  Jesus could have healed the man from across the room but He wanted him to come close to Him.  What was it about Jesus that compelled the man to obey?  Whatever it was, I want that same “Jesus fragrance”.  I want to be someone who draws people closer to Jesus.  I want to stay close to Jesus, breathing deep of His aroma.

The man does not hesitate but walks forward; He makes the best decision and moves in the right direction – towards Jesus!  Oh God, help me to continually press in close to you!  The man was willing to be exposed before the crowd when he stretched out his hand and revealed his shame, his embarrassment.  When we expose our weakness, our shame, sin loses its power over us and God’s glory is displayed for all to see.

What did the man think was going to happen?  Jesus did not give a hint.  The man walked forward in faith.  He expected nothing and got everything!  Oh Lord, increase my withered faith to obey you immediately without caring what others think!

Up Next – Focus 3, The Pharisees

Blogging 101 – Good Neighbor Inspiration

Assignment for Blogging 101: Visit and comment on four other blogs and then write a post about one of the comments you made.

One of the aspects of blogging I am enjoying very much is reading and connecting with other blogger’s out there.  There seems to be a blog for any topic and category you can imagine and many are very creative.  For this assignment I decided I would visit blogs I had not visited before.  Here is a list of my four favorites from this “expedition” and I enjoyed each one of these for different reasons:

Life in the Boomer Lane had a very humorous piece on the “Booty Pop”.  Never heard of it?  I hadn’t either!  Now, let me warn you this is not a “usual” topic for my blog and I fully intend to rant a bit here.

For those of us living in ignorance, Booty Pop’s web site claims, “Now you too can have a Hollywood backside that turns heads!  No expensive surgery or overpriced trainer required.”  “A booty-licious booty in an instant!”

Ladies, why are we never satisfied to just look like ourselves?  What is our crazy obsession with looking like someone else?   Especially when one of those someone’s admits she spends 2 hours a day – 2 HOURS A DAY – to look absolutely perfect.  Please read that again, 2 HOURS A DAY!!!  First, who has that kinda time and second, how self-absorbed can you possibly be?  Oh wait, I guess I just answered that question, 2 hours a day is pretty self-obsessed!  I confess I have my own image issues, I dye my hair and rarely leave my house without make-up.  I would not say I am a slave to fashion but I like to think I keep up with styles a bit.

In a world full of women struggling with body image issues and eating disorders do we really need to convince women that our booty’s or any other body parts must “pop”?  I don’t think so!  And here is the part that makes me craziest.  On one hand, we all applaud strong and independent women who celebrate their advancing age with grace (think Helen Mirren or Judi Dench) and women who are confident in their own skin ( like Gabourey Sidibe or Rebel Wilson).  But when we talk about ourselves, most women I know say they want to change something about their appearance and they are not totally content with themselves.   We believe the lie that we are not good enough, not slim enough, not tall enough, not booty-licious enough or we go the opposite direction and complain we have too much belly, arms that flap or muffin tops!  We convince ourselves that we are simply not enough, ever!  Why?  Any one who really loves me, any one who really loves you, accepts and loves us just as we are and we ARE good enough!

I’ll repeat the tongue in cheek comment I made on Life in the Boomer Lane, “In my case FBS (Flat Booty Syndrome) is genetic but still no less shameful or embarrassing.”  Well, the truth is that yes, I have a flat booty and I formally and officially reject all types of booty enhancement!  Yes, you can find me at Steak and Shake suckin’ down a few burgers and Egg Nog shakes!  Yes, I’m flat and I’m proud – deal with it!!