She Met Jesus

31st December, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

When I’m not writing books or buying and inventorying medical equipment, I am counseling.  Today I was talking with a young man distressed because the young woman he had known for four years and had been engaged to for two years broke off their relationship. He relayed in details their ongoing relationship since both of them had been teenagers. When they first met, the young women (I’ll call Alicia) told my client (I’ll call him Alex) that she had met Jesus.

The story was a sad one. Alicia who had good values and a strong commitment to refrain from drinking at sixteen and up to the age of 21. Then something went wrong. Alicia began going to bars with friends and drinking. Recently she was stopped twice for drinking and driving. Needless to say, this young woman is in big trouble.

Alicia’s story has many tragic elements. She grew up in a home situation filled with tragedy, and then she suffered own personal suffering. But in despite of all this she has made her own choices — ones that have resulted in a police record and possible prison time.

In reflection, I wondered, “What does it mean that ‘she met Jesus’”?  Has meeting Jesus made a difference in her life today?  In the gospels whenever a person met Jesus, their lives were dramatically changed. The tax collector gave back money he has stolen fourfold. The ostracized Samaritan woman joyously told her neighbors that she had found the Messiah. Was this woman permanently changed?

I’m not the judge of this women. I don’t know her heart, and she may be a genuinely a believer. My question is this: why doesn’t having met Jesus made a greater difference in her life? And then the second question is: how many other people say they have met Jesus, but are lost in a life of  partying, alcohol, and hopelessness just like Alicia?

Meeting Jesus should have a revolutionary, transforming effect on any person.  What are we doing wrong as a church that meeting Jesus has so little effect on our children? What false hope are we offering to people who need good answers? What can we do for this young woman who believes that have met Jesus, and yet is lost, lonely, and hopeless?

At times in this culture ”meeting Jesus” is as simple as saying few religious words, and then these words are to have some magic power to make things okay.  But meeting Jesus is more than saying words. It’s a life of obedience and trusting God.

I will be praying for Alicia. I hope that some day having met Jesus will give her the hope that she needs to survive in a not so good world.

 

 

 

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