Paul Grayson, was a Cruise Director for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. He would often have customers ask questions about aspects of the cruise experience.
Here are some of the sillier ones:-
What do you do with the beautiful ice carvings after they melt?
Which elevator do I take to get to the front of the ship?
Does the crew sleep on the ship?
Is this island completely surrounded by water?
Does the ship make it’s own electricity?
What elevation are we at?
There's a photographer on board who takes photos of passengers’ and displays them the next day for purchase ... the question asked: If the pictures aren't named, how will I know which ones are mine?
I’m sure there are times we have all asked questions that appeared, to others at least, silly. Even Jesus did this. In Luke 18 He asked a blind man “What do you want me to do for you?”, In John 5 He asked a man who had been an invalid all his life “Do you want to be made well?”. They seem on the surface to be silly questions but as always Jesus knew exactly what He was doing.
You see when we are unwell in whatever way, physically, mentally, relationally or whatever for extended periods of time we develop ways of coping that become very familiar, even comfortable to us and wellness will mean that those coping mechanisms are no longer appropriate and we have to learn new, functional behaviours.
· Being more of a giver and less of a receiver.
· Taking responsibility for my actions, reactions & attitudes NOW, rather than blaming someone else for the way I act.
· It will involve us discovering what our spiritual gifts are and being willing to use them for the benefit of others and the glory of God.
· It will involve us stepping out in faith…
· Wellness will mean “CHANGE”.
To become the people God wants us to be either individually or corporately will involve change, and change always involves loss, even the change from sickness to wholeness.
It will involve letting go of behaviours and attitudes that are not Jesus like and learning to act like He would. It will mean losing the security we find in our own abilities and trusting ourselves to God who invites us to cast all our cares on Him and allow Him to care for us.
Jesus said “I have come that you might have life in all it’s fullness”. Not a trouble free life but a life where we can cope with whatever life brings, a life where we can act and react in responsible ways, a life where we can not only be a receiver but a contributor.