SAY WHAT YOU NEED

Sunday: March 29, 2020

John 11:3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou loveth is sick.

There is a channel called ‘What if’ and here, random scenarios are simulated to predict possible outcomes: an example being ‘What if the sun never set?’ That suggests an entire pool of outcomes many of which will be predictions based on the availability of data. So from today’s text, I also have a what if to ask ‘What if Martha and Mary had sent Jesus a different message?’

While the content of some messages are hidden, their message to Jesus is clearly recorded as this ‘Lord, the one you love is sick’. I have paid little attention to this but today, if such a message came to me, I could interprete it in multiple ways but ultimately would end with ‘So what do you want me to do about it?’ In comparison with Luke 7:3, the centurion sent messengers with a specific request: ‘that Jesus would come and heal his sick servant’. But in the case of the two sisters, the answer was dependent on Jesus’ interpretation of her request.

Fortunately, Jesus understood their heart and moved when time was due. But the account presents a very interesting message to ponder on: level 3 patients definitely require intensive care beds, and for such patients, you don’t just tinker things, they are moved to ICU with a plan in mind, such as multi-organ support. Things are specific.

It is easy to present an idea expecting everyone else to understand exactly what you are communicating, but things are a lot easier if you state exactly what the need is specifically. Beloved, when you leave room for interpretation, particularly when your requests are definite, you leave room for delay in their fulfilment. So where you can, state exactly what you need instead of leaving it to be figured out. It will saves you time.

#sly

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