After Jesus had finished teaching by the seaside, after a long day, he asks to go across to the other side of the lake, and proceeds to fall asleep in the back of the boat. A storm arises, the folks with him panic, wake him, he calms the storm and rebukes those who were afraid and they are amazed at his ability to calm storms.
When Jesus asks to be taken to the other side, they took him....with a descriptor: just as he was. That little phrase has always stayed with me. Just as he was. I think this is a beautiful sentiment and descriptor rolled into one. It shows an acceptance of a person, without knowing everything about them. It shows a deep trust in the workings of God in the world. And I believe it is a model for our belief that not only has God created us, but made each of us a reflection of that perfection that is God. Sure, we are not perfect being merely a reflection. We can be warped and skewed and reversed at times, like all reflections and we always have room to learn new things, and grow and be better people. But those growing edges do not hinder God from loving us, just as we are. Just as we are.
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