She stood waiting. She waited with the patience that only a mother could possess. She waited to hear if there was any help to be had. She wasn’t a stranger to the courts and the tribunal. She had petitioned them often. At first the men of the city responded, some even were genuine but over time it became more and more difficult to find someone to listen.
“There’s nothing that can be done,” said one man. “We won’t send anyone else,” commented another. “You should have done something long before now,” scowled a grizzled, older man. And another asked her to leave. So many voices – discouraging voices echoed in her head.
Wringing her hands together, she stared at the doors of the hall hoping someone would step out, that there might be someone who would give heed…listen to her, about her son. He just needed another chance.
The bible recounts the story of man that was called Legion in the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 5. It’s an account of man with an unclean spirit. He lived his haunted, lonely life in the graveyard. He was a name whispered around campfires. Legion was a genuine bogeyman howling and crying out during the night. He made his home amongst the tombs. He was more comfortable with the dead than the living. He disfigured himself – cutting himself with sharp stones. He had been bound with chains and fetters but in a violent fit of rage – Legion would pluck the chains asunder. He was a man in trouble and there were no answers for his problems.
Philippians 4:4, International Children’s Bible reads, “Be full of joy in the Lord always. I will say again, be full of joy.” The King James Version reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again, I say, Rejoice.” If God did it once, He can do it again. God doesn’t want us to be up one minute and down the next. 1 Peter 1:8 says, “…joy unspeakable and full of glory.” It’s an apostolic, life changing, Holy Ghost experience – that’s what God wants for your life.
The Gospel of Mark doesn’t record the narrative of the mother who worried for her son. It is easy to contemplate the sleepless nights, the monies spent, excuses made, and the shattering heart of a mother that wanted something better for her son. It is also easy to imagine the day when Legion was no longer Legion, and he returned home to his family with a story about a man called Jesus.
God fixed what nobody else could. When Jesus stepped onto the shores of Gadara, the demoniac called Legion ran and fell at his feet. Things changed when God showed up. Self-destructive behavior changed. Depression, isolation, loneliness, hurt, anger…It all changed. Luke 8:35 records, “Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind…”
Legion’s name isn’t recorded anywhere. It’s not recorded if he had family or children or a job or a home or any of the things, we consider most important. But what happened after he had an encounter with Jesus is – there was sanity, there was peace, there was hope, there was revival. Momma, God can bring your baby home again. Daddy, God can touch your family. He can bring about life where there was only death.
It’s my prayer this week that God does the impossible for you.