• Joseph F. Kolapudi

Progressing towards Peace

I had an interesting phone call the other day, when a long-time friend of mine, who is a Muslim, called me out of the blue on a Thursday afternoon. Having attended the same high school a number of years ago, I was surprised to know that he had recently got married overseas in his home country.

Yet he expressed to me that, apart from elation from being married, he still experienced an unsettling sense of sadness, knowing that he had probably got married too soon.

It is an interesting predicament when things happen in our lives without us fully comprehending the fallout. Perhaps it is unknowable, but the moments when we experience the most turbulent of times is actually the moment that defines us.

The Scriptures tell a story of a man who, being an unbeliever, was troubled when one of the men in his household who was in his employ fell gravely ill. Knowing not how to respond, he had heard that Jesus had the power to heal, and immediately sought him out. This is what happened:

“So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.”

- Luke 7:6-10

Amazingly, notice that Jesus does not point out to the man that he was not a Jew, nor a believer. He didn’t condemn him for not bringing the servant to him for healing, or demand that he do so. Neither did he tell him to become His follower.

Jesus simply healed the man.

For us, we desire healing in our lives, in various ways; perhaps healing of past hurt, healing and restoration of our sanity, or the peace that passes all understanding.

Whatever your circumstance, know that when we progress towards peace, we ultimately find it.

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