Everyone likes a good story. Good stories just sit and hang on you, stick with you, and at times provide a little laughter or time to drift into a moment of quiet escape. Some of the best stories are, I believe, how a person meets the love of their life. Meeting the love of your life is a memorable occasion, which is not likely to be forgotten. When the moment of realization strikes that this man or woman is for you to share your life with, it is an incredible feeling.
I remember when the moment hit me concerning the love of my life, and I knew after the second week of dating that she was for me forever. My question to her after two weeks was, “Do you think a person can fall in love after two weeks?” She was a bit taken aback by the question, but deep down I think she knew it was true.
There is the central point of the matter because “deep down” is the real issue. Deep down moments come only so often, and when they do, life is changed forever. My life certainly was changed forever. As the years go by, I still remember the day and deep down moment that I knew she was for me.
Deep down, people really know that God loves them, but it seems it becomes dulled or jaded by life’s hardships. There are times that life throws that big curve ball, and as we stand at the plate with that heavy bat, we may wonder why this is happening to us. Why do I have to keep swinging this big, old bat over and over again? In the midst of all that swinging, God is shoved a little farther back in a person’s mind. However, we must all have a deep down moment with the master, Jesus, and reflect and remember when we first discovered we really loved him.
A woman by the name of Mary had a deep down moment with Jesus in the home of a Pharisee, a religious leader, a person who really didn’t know what it meant to love. In Luke 7:37-40 we see a picture of humility and love for Jesus.
37And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
The stark contrast in the reaction of Jesus and the Pharisee is amazing. Deep down one could love,while the other could not. Jesus looked at this woman and saw a human being who needed his love and help. The Pharisee saw nothing of value in this woman. Why was Mary wiping His feet with her hair and annointing them with oil? Why was she crying? Mary realized and understood the great love Jesus had for her. She, in return, expressed her devotion and love for him in a very intimate and tender way by washing his dusty feet, showing him honor and respect. She viewed him as a savior, while the Pharisee viewed Jesus as just a man without the ability to make sound choices.
Jesus did not hesitate but began to explain to the Pharisee what love really entailed. He explained to him that this woman, Mary, had shown Him great love by the way she had treated Him. Why did she express such love in this manner? Could it be she was just tired of swinging at the curves that life was throwing at her and the sins that weighed her down. Could it be she had a deep down moment, and she was not going to miss the opportunity to be with Jesus, and in the process, experienced having her many sins forgiven.
Verses 47, 48
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much; but to whom little is forgiven, the same love little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
Mary had experienced a tender moment with Jesus, the son of God, and knew He was the one that could love her even though she was a person of great sin. She certainly was unlikely to forget her experience with Jesus. Everyone likes a good story, and this is a good story to remember. Have you had a deep down moment with Jesus?