Collin County Living Well Magazine November/December 2017 - Page 18

No Better Place to Be Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover. When Jesus was 12, they attended the festival as usual. After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” his mother said to him, “why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.” “But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they didn’t understand what he meant. This story reveals that even as a child Jesus recognized His life was consecrated or set apart for exclusive use of His Father. He said, “I only do what I see my Father do; I only say what I hear my Father say.” The result was that people marveled, they were in awe and wonder. Comedian, Michael Jr., relates the story through Mary and Joseph’s eyes. “When Jesus was 12 years old, Mary and Joseph lost Jesus. They lost Jesus! You know the first thing they had to do was pray. I wonder what that prayer must have sounded like? Joseph probably said the prayer. He was like, ‘Oh God, dear God, Oh forgiving God…Um, You remember that Messiah you gave us? You got another somewhere man, cuz we don’t…That was the only begotten son?! Ok, we’re gonna find him, we’re gonna find him!’” The truth is, Jesus was never lost because he was always in the center of his Father’s will. The safest and best place to be is in the will of God. Does that exempt us from experiencing pain or struggles? No! Jesus said, in this world you will have trouble! But, take heart, because He has overcome the world! In other words, when we’re found in Him the redemptive plan of God is always at work. Joseph’s brothers threw him under the bus by selling him into slavery. He could have been bitter, however he understood God had a plan. He said, what his brother’s meant for evil, God meant for good, for the saving of many lives. What if we looked at all things through this lens? It might not make it easier. But it would give us greater hope and so much peace. While on a trip to Vietnam I visited a government run orphanage. The atrocities I saw left me undone! Disabled children tied to beds, others left in chairs because of the lack of caregivers. I happened upon one 16 COLLIN COUNTY Living Well Magazine | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 E No Better Place to Be very year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover. When Jesus was 12, they attended the festival as usual. After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Je- rusalem to search for him there. Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” his mother said to him, “why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.” “But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they didn’t understand what he meant. This story reveals that even as a child Jesus recognized His life was consecrated or set apart for exclusive use of His Father. He said, “I only do what I see my Father do; I only say what I hear my Father say.” The result was that people marveled, the H\H[]H[ۙ\YYX[ZXY[[]\HܞHYX\BMSSH][[XY^[HՑSPTPSPT M˜[\8&\^Y\ˈ8'[\\\ LYX\ X\H[\\\ˈ^H\\H[HۛH\[^HY\^KHۙ\]]^Y\]\]H[YZO\ؘXBZYH^Y\H\ZK8& X\ ܙ][8)[K[H[Y[X\]Y\BXZ[H]H\[H[\Y]\HX[^H۸&]8)]\HۛHY[ۏHx&\HۛH[[Kx&\HۛH[[Hx&x'BH]\\\\]\X]\HH\[^\š[H[\و\]\&\[ HY\[\XBH\[H[و \]^[\\H^ B\Y[[Z[܈Y\H\\ZY [\ܛ[H[]HXHH] ZHX\ X]\HH\›ݙ\YHHܛH[\ܙ[x&\H[[[HHY[\]H[و\[^\]ܚ˂\8&\\][H[\H\H[[[B[]\KH[]HY[]\]\H[\BYH[HZY ]\\&\YX[܈][ YX[܈ ܈H][وX[H]\˂]YHY][[Y\›[]ZYXZH]X\Y\]][]H\ܙX]\H[]XXXK[HۈH\Y]H\]YHݙ\Y[[ܜ[YKH]]Y\H]YYH[ۙHH\BXY[[YYY\Y[Z\KB]\HوHXو\Y]\ˈH\[Y\ۈۙ