One of the characteristics of shell-shock is something called the 1,000 yard stare. It means you stare off into space. Being shell shocked is a serious trama usually coming from a traumatic brain injury or repeated exposure to shelling. We borrow this phrase to describe people who have been through a traumatic event in their life or who have come across some really bad news.

And we get this way don’t we? We get that 1,000 yard stare.

When we are lost.

When we feel pain.

When we don’t know the direction home.

When our lives are exposed for what they really are.

We just stare off into space, wondering how all of this happened.

I was reading a story today about Jesus. He was walking into a village with his disciples at the exact same time that a funeral procession was walking out.  There was a woman who was a widow and now she had lost her son – her only son. There was mourning and crying and all of that stuff. Then the text said that Jesus said, “don’t cry” then Jesus touched the boy. The boy sat up and talked. Then the most interesting part. Jesus gave the boy back to his mother. This resurrection is amazing, but what amazes me even more is that Jesus gave the boy back. Almost to say, “hey, you need him.” He changed the shell shock into a party.

Once you see the power of someone who is dead and is now alive you have to sing and dance. Life comes back into the eyes that are fixed on the object that is a 1,000 yards away, all because God stepped onto Earth and gave back lives.

How has your shell shock been transformed?


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