Read Mark 7:24-37
I think I speak for most parents when I say, sleeping in is a big deal. Most Friday nights in our house my husband laughs as I declare (with glee), “I love right now!” He’s well aware that I’m not really excited about it being Friday (although that is something to celebrate). And my joy really has nothing to do with anything “right now”. No. What makes me almost giddy with excitement is in knowing that when my head hits the pillow that night, it doesn’t have to rise up again until… whenever (of course when the kids were small this guilty pleasure was non-existent!). That’s why, on one particular Saturday morning; my fuzzy brain had a hard time registering the strange sound outside my bedroom window. As I finally came awake (probably snarling), I slowly made my way to the window. Carefully pulling back the blinds, I was met with a surprising discovery. Two doves – a male and a female – chose my window sill on which to build their nest.
They were amazing. I watched them for quite a while. The male made countless trips to the lawn across the street, gathering twigs and grass, and bringing them back to his mate. The female just sat there, molding the growing nest with her body, pulling and adjusting the twigs with her beak. What a team. Their focus was unwavering. Sure, there were scores of birds in the nearby trees, but what they had to do, couldn’t be done in a crowd. While all the other birds were busy flapping and singing and inviting them to play, these two had a job to do. And they knew that this particular job had to be done... alone. Sounds a lot like our reading for today.
In Mark chapter 7, we find that Jesus had been ministering among the crowds all day. He had publicly healed many people. So we shouldn’t be surprised when a deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to Him by the crowd. And of course, our compassionate Savior healed him.
For many, the surprise would've come in the method this healing took. And while it was unusual, I have to admit that wasn’t what got my attention. No, the part of the whole story that made me take notice was just a portion of a verse. A side note to the action. The crowd begged Jesus to touch this man. They were pulling for their friend; they were pleading for his healing. But what did Jesus do?
Jesus led him to a private place away from the crowd. Mark 7:33a
In the middle of this pushy group, Jesus saw only one thing – the private need of a man. And before He brought His divine touch, He brought this precious person away from the crowd. Yes, there was work to be done. But Jesus knew that on this particular day, with this particular man, it had to be done alone.
How personal Jesus is. He doesn’t see you as a face in the crowd, another needy person. No, when He looks at you, Jesus sees an individual He loves with a need that only He can meet. And He wants to reach into your pain. He wants to place a gentle healing there.
But first, maybe He just wants to get you alone.
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