A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!” — Mark 1:4
The story of Jesus’ choice to heal the leper is an encouraging one for two important reasons. First of all, the leper believed that Jesus could heal him, and he was willing to seek that healing. Secondly, Jesus chose to heal the leper in spite of any consequences to his life and ministry.
Healing, as evidenced in this story, is a two-way, relational street. The one in need of healing must believe and seek, and the One with the power to heal has compassion and chooses to extend the healing touch.
Too often, we look at healing stories like this one through our own filters and desires. We put limitations and expectations on healing. In doing so we risk missing the experience of healing in our life and in the life of others. How often have you heard someone wonder if she only had enough belief would the result be different? Or what about the person whose thinking is so grounded in the rational and logical that he cannot see healing in all its forms?
This week, I invite you to contemplate the many forms that healing can take. Consider how you might be involved directly in healing — in your relationships, your own physical, emotional, and spiritual health, and in the created world. Jesus chooses always to heal. What about us? What will we choose?
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