Day 128 – Back to Earth with a Bump
On: March 8, 2015 | By: admin
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The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.” [Luke 9:37-40]
We’ll consider tomorrow the unfortunate boy and bewildered disciples. Today we must get to grips with the common phenomenon captured by two sayings combined: back to Earth with a bump after a mountain top experience.
Everyone is familiar with the dreaded return to work after a holiday; getting back to normality after a festival; or simply Monday mornings! The more enjoyable the break, the more acute the pain! We have to learn to live with it.
Add a spiritual dimension to the mix, as with our mountain top friends here, and we’re into challenging territory. For the devil loves to get in amongst the People of God when they’re coming off a high. He must reckon that, by throwing sand in their face as they come off the beach, they will not only lose the enjoyment of the beach, but curse the very sand that makes it up. And, maybe, even be more reluctant to return there in the future. The sand metaphor is triggered by Jesus’ testing in the desert – after He was baptised and spoken over by His Father; a parallel with the disciples here.
I know this will happen and must prepare for it; or I risk losing connection with God and with it my own peace. And if I lose these, those around will take note as my effectiveness and example as a Christian take a dive.
Father God, prepare me for the challenges that often follow wonderful times away from the everyday. As Jesus, in the desert, defended Himself by Your Word, may I use the full armour of God (Ephesians 6) to protect Your work in me when I come under attack. That I might be numbered as one who walks with Him. Amen