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All the last chances I gave myself… I wonder how many were there. All the promises I designed to fail, all the plans that were too great to begin. A day wouldn’t last to list them all.
Whenever I’m trying to face temptation on my own, it costs me so much effort and brings so little effect. And since the sin is not so big while the relief is so huge, well: does anyone need any more literal confession?
My Bible-friend for the coming week came without any name. He likes when I call him Asher because it means ‘blessed – the joyful, the happy one’. But since Scripture mentions no name, his story most likely is happening to each one of us or reveals some truth about each heart.
The Gerasene demoniac lives among tombs and pigs: that’s quite an unusual setup for the Gospel's land, as both pigs and tombs were unclean. He, however, resides on the pagan side of the Galilee Sea: the rules of the Holy Land are alien to him.
He creates another set of restrictions: beating with stones and biding with chains and fetters. And there’s so much noise in his life. He constantly screams and listens to his own cries.
But one night Jesus calms the storm at the Sea of Galilee. He calms all the noises, fears, all disappointments and doubts. All become so silent, so free of articulation and yet so real.
That dark and stormy night, Asher couldn’t know that Messiah was on his way. He couldn’t know that God hears even that cry which we give out while failing. He couldn’t know that God crosses through the seas and storms to respond with His presence.
And suddenly, among all those endless restrictions and rules that were supposed to keep him safe, the only thing that saved Asher was setting him free.