Draw Near

When our son was 18 years old he acted in a school drama.  He played a homeless person who lived on the street.  His character did not say a word throughout the entire drama. dreamstime_xs_28054815However, from his position in the corner of the stage, he watched as a theatrical Jesus multiplied loaves and fish, raised the dead, forgave sin, died on the cross, and rose from the grave.

The interesting thing about our son’s performance was the fact that he was not a member of the drama club that year. The drama coach wrote him into the script 30 minutes before the curtain call.  It was fascinating to watch his unrehearsed character evolve.

As the streetwise, disadvantaged outcast in the corner of the stage, his character was compelled by the witness of true love that he saw among Jesus and His followers.  He very curiously observed them from afar… and then from a closer proximity until his interest drew him from the position of onlooker, to participant.

Watching this drama I wondered how many of us, regardless of status, feel like outcasts. While we may live boldly in the face of others, there are secret reserved parts of us that quietly huddle in corners, yearning for acceptance.

God wired people to desire and prize the companionship and sanction of others.  If consistent aloneness was God’s intention, He would have created one immortal man in the Garden of Eden.  But, in fact, He said, “It is not good for man to be alone”, and then He proceeded to thoughtfully execute a plan to populate earth with kindred souls.

If you find yourself on the outside looking in, it is not too late to be written into the script.  Look center stage at Jesus’ compelling message of love.  Then draw near.

Ephesians 2:19 NLT So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.

Hebrews 7:19 NLT  For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 2/2/2009 12:31 AM

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