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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: Jesus Has "Been There, Done That"
By Anita Neuman


The confines of time must have been one of the strangest things that Jesus had to adjust to. God was outside of time. Thousands of years were the same to Him as a single moment. He had watched generation after generation pass by and was able to look into the future through thousands more. And suddenly, He became human. He was confronted by the limitations of hours, days, years.

Jesus was still God, and He still knew what events would transpire in His life. But being bound in human flesh, He had to wait for them to happen. I imagine thirty years suddenly seemed like a very long time to Him who had never had to wait before. He eagerly anticipated the most joyous experiences that He knew were coming. Likewise, He may have had mixed emotions about the horror that was also coming: maybe some days He was anxious to get it over with and other days He hoped the day would never arrive.

Itís comforting to think about Jesusí perception of time and relate to Him on this human level. He knows what itís like to have to wait. He truly understands how we feel when we find ourselves counting down the weeks, days or hours.

Because He understands how difficult it can be for us, He sometimes gives us glimpses of whatís to come. Maybe He affirms to us that what weíve been praying for is going to come to pass. Maybe He impresses upon us the need to pray in a new direction. We can use these heavenly hints to pray more fervently, to wait more patiently, to cling more strongly to faith. However, in our humanness, we often jump to conclusions and assume that the little glimpse is a vision of our immediate future. And as time lapses, we start to second-guess Godís revelations. Time tricks us into thinking that we misunderstood Godís will for our lives.

On the other hand, most of the time we have no idea whatís coming. We know we can expect some good times and some difficult times in our lives, but we don't often know what to expect next. Still we find ourselves anxiously awaiting whatever might be coming our way. We feel nervous or impatient. We often worry about what may or may not happen.

But donít lose heart! Cling to what you know is true: God is faithful and He never changes. He sees whatís coming, both near and far. He may or may not fill us in on some of the plans, but rest assured, He does have a plan. He hasnít forgotten what it was like when He was on earth and had to wait for things. He knows how hard it is to wait, and He is eager to share that burden with you.

Romans 12:12 (NIV) ďBe joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.Ē

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Jacquelyn Horne05/03/07
Thanks for sharing this. It goes right along with a SS lesson I am preparing. Good pov.
Joanne Sher 05/07/07
This really ministered to me. I had never thought about Jesus having to "wait" for the very first time as a human. It definitely gives us hope, doesn't it? Excellent devotion - and that is one of my very favorite NT verses.