“I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.” —J.D. Salinger // Cather in the Rye
Simply put, it’s nice to see someone excited. Excitement is contagious – it makes our hearts tick simultaneously with others. I found a common trend in the answer of “what gets your heart excited?” and that trend was that other’s joy, other’s passion, and other’s excitement is what people find exciting. I think that breeds the point that we are not alone in this life, despite the feelings of loneliness that can compel us. Loneliness is often the unspoken emotion —what I mean by this is that it’s a hurt we all feel, but something we elude from. But friends, often we sit ourselves in that pit of loneliness, when there are hands reaching to pull us out of the pit. We become reluctant to accepting love and I think we each have our reasonings for that.
For me, I’ve really recognized my reluctancy to accept love through the parable of the paralyzed man in Luke 5. This is a story of friends who are willing to do anything for their friend to be released from his suffering. These friends have heard of the healing of Jesus and they become determined to bring their paralyzed friend to him. Instead of shuffling through the crowd, which would be nearly impossible to actually do, they take their friend to the rooftop and lower him down into the building so that he can directly be in front of Jesus. And once he was lowered down to Jesus, He healed him and the paralyzed man was told to pick up his mat and walk. This story blows me away because I am compelled by the friends willingness to take care of their friend. They desperately want him to find healing. He wasn’t alone in his suffering. And neither are we. Each of us are paralyzed in some way and each of us have people who are ready and willing to carry us to Jesus— they thing is, we now have to let them carry us. That’s the hard part for me. I get seeped into this loneliness, selfishness, and pride of thinking that I can do things on my own. I won’t let my friends lower me down to Jesus, but that’s exactly what I need to learn to do. I need, we all need, to let other’s lower us down to Jesus when we no longer can ourselves, and than after that, we need to pick up our mat and walk.
When it comes down to it, there are people that weep for your pain and there are people that excite over your joy — and when people show you this love, it’s ultimately a glimpse at how the Lord cares for us and guys that is so beautiful. I think it is one of the sweetest things that He has created us to reveal pieces of His mystery and pieces of his character. His character shines differently in every individual. To me, His character has been shining the most through the way that other’s get excited for each other or through the way that other’s hurt for each other’s hurt. We are fighting this good fight together, as one.
“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” – Matthew 18:20
We were created for community. We are called to love others as ourselves — called to love people with the same joy, same passion, and same thought that we give to ourselves in love. He is in community with us and I think that’s why so many people get excited by community. Community is where we see what it looks like to be One. Community is where we give love and receive love. Community is where we see people rejoicing over other’s joy and mourning over other’s suffering.
The lends of excitement looks different for everyone. But, I believe that we all get excited over seeing the people we love find joy. We all get excited over experiencing community and I love that. I love that we really are in this together. Today, I am praying against the lies of loneliness. I am praying that we can each recognize the hands that are reaching down to us as we sit in our pit, and that we can hold onto those hands and let them lead us to Jesus. I am praying that we can lift up our mat and walk in community with one another. And I am praying that we can continue to seek out what gets our heart excited.
Rooting heavy for you and always here to be a hand to lead you to His hands.
All my heart,