Tuesday: 28th May, 2019
Reference text: Acts 16:22-34
Acts 16:27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself.
I don’t know if this rings a bell, but have you had moments when after hours of desperately searching for something, you get annoyed for having searched so hard seeing how easy it should have been to find it?
I have spent the last couple of days looking for an item I believed was lost in my room. When I found it, I felt a lot of my time had been wasted because this item was safely lying at eye level in a place I needn’t have had to struggle to find. However, because I believed it ‘misplaced’, I expected to expend significant efforts to find it.
There are multiple times when even though the things we are looking for are a lot closer to us than we might think, because we have labelled them ‘things to look for’, we deem them so intricately hidden that a good amount of hard work must be required to obtain. The jailer in today’s text upon seeing the prison doors open, labelled his situation ‘desperate’ and thought himself doomed because he assumed the prisoners had escaped.
So today, I just want us to consider the labels we have placed on the situations going on around us: difficult? Challenging? A nuisance? Confusing? Overwhelming? Impossible? Possible? Unexpected? or opportunities? We need to be mindful of these labels, whether consciously or unconsciously placed because each label directly influences our response to those situations.