Matthew 9 astounds me. In it, Jesus is chased down by a paralyzed guy, a dirty rotten tax collector and his dirty rotten friends, a ruler with a dead daughter, a broken woman, two blind men, a man shut up by demons and people with “all kinds of diseases and every weakness and infirmity”. Pretty sorry lot that follows Him, really.
- Apparently it’s the big hurts in life that lead us to pursue Him. When our hurts lead us to His healing, they get kicked to the other side of the ledger into the Biggest Blessings column.
- It’s silly for Christians to be surprised when His presence draws a stormy crowd. In fact, if we aren’t well-armed with the faith to distribute His healing and the love to do it authentically, then we – who ought to be the happiest people on the face of the planet – will instead be miserable pretenders.
P.S. My lilacs are budding!