“But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.” – Mark 9:27
This verse is what follows the record of Jesus healing a boy from an evil spirit. As the spirit left the boy, it made him convulse so violently that he appeared to be dead. As He had done so many times before, Jesus reached out His hand. As Jesus took the boy by the hand, the decidedly dead rose up to his feet. From death to life with the touch of His hands.
How often does God still use an extended heart and hand to heal?
– The phone call in the middle of a struggle that supplies strength
– A hug that offers hope in the midst of heartache
– That friend that comes and sits beside us in the face of fear, and fuels our fortitude to fight
These are but a few examples of His faithfulness to us, made tangible. His touch extended through the voice, heart and hand of another. Though He whispers to our own hearts, He sees our need to be known, and supplies His help and heart through His kids.
I know the reverse to be true as well. There are times when I feel compelled, seemingly out of the blue, to call another, or send a message of encouragement. Still other times, though I am not naturally a “hugger”, I am moved to draw near to another, extending arms and heart. In those moments, He will use our willingness to walk where He has asked, to make tangible His heart and hands to the hurting.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to show the way and make a way for each of us to know You, and in turn, honor You with our actions. Forgive us for the times that we shrug off a prompting presented by Your Spirit, and help us to hear and obey, on time. Teach us to trust You and Your timing, and lead us to love as You are calling us to. May our hands, hearts and words extend hope and healing to the hurting. Let Your light and love be bright in us. Amen.