39 “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.
Luke 8:39 (NRSV)
I’m struck by how hard life was for the demoniac in Luke 8. So many years of suffering and lashing out. Now for once he’s in his right mind and people don’t want him that way. They want him at arm’s length in the category “other.” He feels it and he wants to hit the road with Jesus. But Jesus says, “no—return home and share your story.” Despite the complications, he does not hesitate. He stays put and tells them what Jesus did for him! Courageous obedience! Life is still hard, but now pulsing with meaning and purpose! The stay-put calling is less glamorous, against our instinct, but truly blessed!