Luk.19:3-4 (KJV) And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
Zacchaeus paced to-and-fro in anticipation.
Suddenly… he hurried up the sycamore tree panting. That was His game plan all along!
His recent discoveries had also convinced him that one shouldn’t keep consenting to and complying with every odd thing life throws at him forever.
A certain day should arise when he would be strong enough to resist, push back from within and say, ‘Enough is enough!’
TODAY was his own day and his moment was NOW!
Surely, he’d had his fill of misfortune: a portion too much for a lifetime; and for him it just couldn’t be life as usual anymore!
Zacchaeus had been born a dwarf- a condition which had triggered many strange chain reactions- most of which had caused him deep pains all his life.
…one shouldn’t keep consenting to and complying with every odd thing life throws at him forever… A certain day should arise when he would be strong enough to resist, push back from within and say, ‘Enough is enough!’
In all fairness and sincerity, some of his life’s ‘tragedies’ had occurred without any fault of his. People never really gave him any chance to prove his worth in the least.
Being someone who naturally battled with a deep sense of insecurity due to his peculiar circumstance, people were always quick to give up on him once he began to falter.
His fault however, was the fact that he never had the courage or will to push – not even a little against resistance and people’s doubts. There was no ‘fight’ in him!
He just caved in to his circumstances in total resignation!
A summation of all these odds against Zacchaeus made him relate to life from the stand point of his ugly circumstances and inadequacies.
Therefore, his mind and spirit were as dwarfed and even much more tortured than his physical body was!
Consequently, the only remedy he found to his quest for significance was stealing, cheating and manipulation.
But all that was history now.
He had left every bit of it behind and had simply moved on. He was a brand new person now and the whole of Jericho would soon discover that.
TODAY, he would meet the only Man who would love and have faith enough in him to give him a new chance: a fresh opportunity to relive his life and rewrite his own story.
Lord, Thank You for this new discovery that I don’t have to keep putting up with whatever misfortune life throws at me.
Today in Your name, I kick back against poverty, sickness, my inadequacies and every other thing that has given me a sense of insecurity and inferiority all my life…
I turn myself and my life over to You… and I declare that from hence forth, I will be driven by Your counsel, Your will and Your purpose for my life. Never again by my inadequacies, shortcomings or my fears. In Jesus’ name. Amen! (*1)
Funmi Adebayo © 2015
Excerpted from Stepping Up To Be Seen (Funmi Adebayo, 2013).