Monday: 29th October, 2018
Reference text: Luke 13:10-17
Luke 13:11 And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.
I remember entering one branch of a big supermarket chain at peak time, where the number of customers overwhelmed the number of open tills. Over the public address system, I heard three consecutive automated announcements:
1. Store assistant required at till 3, please.
2. Store assistant required at some tills, please.
3. Store assistant required at till area please.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with those announcements, but in the context of today’s text, when one follows the trend; we notice that there is a gradual move towards accepting the fact that what is desired may not be achieved, hence a contingency plan was already in place. Thus, the option to compromise had already been made available.
Unlike the woman who had suffered with the issue of blood for twelve years and had spent all her livelihood paying physicians in her bid to get better, the one in today’s Gospel is silent until Jesus met her. Probably, after eighteen years of living with a bent back, she had reached a compromise and told herself that ‘I might as well just get comfortable with my circumstance and make the most of it’.
However, those words in that statement will hold only if there was no chance for a better option on the table. Sweetheart, we live in a time where compromises trump real expectations. Nonetheless, we cannot fold our arms and just accept everything that happens, because knowing ‘whose we are’, there will always be a better option on offer.
Remember # don’t settle for any less than God’s best for you.