[6.53-56] They beached the boat at Gennesaret and tied up at the landing. As soon as they got out of the boat, word got around fast. People ran this way and that, bringing their sick on stretchers to where they heard he was.
Lord Jesus-Healing was an everyday event in your ministry. This is one of the most confusing and difficult areas in the church today. I absolutely believe that you work in the everyday situations of my life. Miracles happen but they are not so often the sick being healed. Why not? Is it because we don't bring our sick to you? We keep them home. We stay home when we are ill. Now, some of that is good public health...don't get the healthy sick. But I wonder how much of that is not thinking... not believing that you can act.
Prayer should be my default position...it should be where I reflexively run to at the first sign of trouble or need. I have to face it that prayer is a growing edge in my life. You have been engaging me and continue to engage me in an ongoing dialogue. This prayer journal is an example of that ongoing conversation. NEEDTOBREATHE lyrics come to mind...
I feel the waves crashing on my feet;
It's like I know where I need to be
But I can't figure out,
I can't figure out
Just how much air I will need to breathe
When your wave washes over me,
There's only one way to figure out
Will you let me drown?
Will you let me drown?
The answer to that question is NO! You are not going to let me drown. You intervene in ways that I just don't even have a clue about.
But do I bring all of the hurts to you first? All of the questions? All of the growing edges? Most of the time, I have to go through my wash cycle first. I have to cycle through fear, anxiety, desperation and then finally acceptance of the fact that you are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Why do I do that? When acceptance is where I end up anyway? I can almost hear you saying yet again..."Silly Man..."
Wherever he went, village or town or country crossroads, they brought their sick to the marketplace and begged him to let them touch the edge of his coat—that’s all. And whoever touched him became well.
So this early morning as I write this I realize that really I am not looking for big things...no gigantic revelations of mystical dimensions. That would be great if you choose to send it my way. But really it is a simple thing that I am looking for...just the edge of your coat.
A touch of your hand in grace and love extended...that is more than enough for a Tuesday morning.
Peterson, Eugene H. (2006-06-15). The Message Remix 2.0: The Bible In contemporary Language (Kindle Locations 30752-30755). NAVPress - A. Kindle Edition.