In the Moment

“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. John 11:37-33

At this end of this particular passage is an interesting phrase, “he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.” To be sure he was clearly an “in the moment” person, and he had compassion over the sisters who now lost their brother. And he had compassion over the death of a friend. But was it more than that? I ask that question because in a few minutes He would be raising Lazarus from the dead, so why mourn his death? Or was He troubled about other things?

We don’t know for certain but it’s likely that He were merely caught up in the moment about the entire situation.

We can learn from this kind of focus. We very often get distracted in talking to people. Something catches our attention. A phone rings. A text message dings for us to read it. Rare is the person who can tune all of those things out and be totally focused on the person in front of them. People take notice when they are the center of your attention. It’s certainly something to keep in mind when we minister to others.

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