A famous actor was cast for a part as a Native American in a new movie. The actor recognized that he had no real familiarity with the culture of the Native American. Because of this, at his request his agent sought a two-month adoption into two separate tribes without the media’s knowledge.
The plan was to allow him to live with the people in the same conditions as the two tribes lived. No special accommodation or food would be expected, and the tribe would receive a reasonable sum to encourage their acceptance of him. The actor visited the first tribe with great enthusiasm and interest. He asked many questions and took notes in a little notebook he carried with him.
The visit went well, with no noteworthy events other than a newfound respect for the people in the first tribe. The second tribe had less work to bring the actor up to speed, for he was already beginning to understand the way of life in a Native American tribe. The differences were certainly important, and the man submitted to any instruction they provided with great interest.
One day the actor was stung by a scorpion. At his request, the sting was treated in the manner of the tribal custom, but he developed an allergic reaction to the treatment and was rushed to a local hospital. His agent was furious with the actor, and after he recovered demanded he quit the endeavor. The agent reasoned that he had done enough and certainly a few more weeks were unnecessary.
The actor flatly refused, returning at once to the tribe and his temporary home. He was welcomed back and given honor for continuing with them. As he was still healing, a woman of the tribe offered to assist him. Jealousy over the woman caused a man in the tribe to attack the actor over a misunderstanding. He was cut badly on the right side of his chest and ribcage, and was again rushed to the local hospital.
The actor was treated and given strict orders to rest and heal. His agent arranged for a hotel suite and a nurse; and the doctor released the actor under those conditions. The actor refused to be pampered, and after a forceful discussion was taken to the tribe again. The agent left in anger, swearing to tell the media everything. The actor nodded and replied “You do what you have to do, I can’t leave now. This is what I came here to learn, how to be one of them.”
Moral of the story: In Matthew 4:1
1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
We learn that Jesus was led to the wilderness to be tempted. Why would anyone go the desert willingly for forty days knowing it was going to be difficult? This story attempted to show a reason. We can’t grasp what it is like to be perfect all of the time, but we can certainly grasp what is like to be tempted, and I think it is safe to assume that temptation He endured was more than a little challenging. We have an advocate who has gone through challenges and succeeded where no one else could, a role model that doesn’t tarnish under scrutiny even though things were not easy for Him. For me, that is good news because that means I am understood and still loved.
All my best to those in Oklahoma City.