The man who got his life back - June 23rd, 2019
I have just finished reading what you might call a psychological thriller. A man disappears without trace leaving his wife and family. He’s seen his wife with his best friend, put 2 and 2 together and made 5, mistakenly assumed his new-born son is not his and his life falls apart. After 25 years (and various traumatic events later) he returns home - not as things turn out a good idea. It’s a disturbing book.
The Bible is not exactly short of disturbing stories either. One was when Jesus drove some demons out of a man driven to living in caves. The demons entered some pigs who promptly ran into a lake and drowned. I am a little uncomfortable to say the least about ascribing disturbing behaviour to unclean spirits or demons. But that was how people thought 2000 years ago.
This man is certainly not in his right mind. He has no clothes on at times; he has no home. He has to be chained up - for his protection or others we don’t know. When he is asked his name he calls himself Legion - apparently a reference to the demons inside him, rather than his own name. He is a tormented man but the ending is happier than in the thriller I have been reading. He is seen sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. He has, in short, got his life back.
You will be no stranger to disturbing events, disturbing situations, disturbing people. Sometimes they will get under your skin, and cause untold anxiety and distress. I can’t promise that a quick prayer to Jesus is going to resolve them instantly and bring immediate relief. It probably won’t. What I have seen over many years is that when people invite Jesus into the disturbing things going on around them it still makes a difference and over time they get their lives back.
Mind you, I still worry about those pigs. That’s a loose end I need to talk to him about.
When they came to Jesus, the people found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid…
The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
Lord, I am glad you did not turn your back on disturbing situations. You know the things that worry me, concern me, make me anxious. Stay with me and get me through. Amen.