Lent Day 16
What have you to do with me..? Mark 5:1-20 Should I just eat the candy this one time or can I be strong enough to sacrifice one moment of pleasure in order to lose weight? Every now and then we all struggle with our conscious. From craving sweets to fighting peer pressure or battling serious addictions, a struggling conscious can be tormenting. When Jesus is confronted by a man with an “unclean spirit”, he pleads with Jesus not to torment him. Christ already knows that this man has suffered and struggled with himself and his community long enough. Jesus is not interested in tormenting him any further. Christ’s ministry is about healing. I think the fact that we are struggling is an indication that the Holy Spirit within us is striving to be at the forefront of our lives. Once we realize that our arms are simply too short to put up a fight, we can begin to allow the Holy Spirit within to take precedence and do what it does best; bring us to healing.
I like your comment that the fact that we are struggling ” is an indication that the Holy Spirit within us is striving to be at the forefront of our lives.” I agree. If we are not struggling, and just going with the flow, we are not learning and growing.
Indeed the wilderness of the world would rather we be stunted in our growth and strength in the Lord. Thank you for your comment and the reminder that it is God’s flow (not the world) we are called to follow. Peace and Blessings