Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Matthew 8:1-2
One of the main signs of leprosy is numbness. You stop having feeling in certain areas. The lack of feeling means you can’t tell when your body is being hurt whether in small ways or extremely damaging ways. In this strange way, pain is what you long for – to feel pain means you are experiencing healing…LIFE! You don’t find many praying for pain, but the leper most assuredly would.
This morning I realized – well, I’ve thought this before, so I talked with DAD about it once more – I have lived a whole lot of life a spiritual leper. I’ve tried to keep pain at a distance. This way of life means I’ve forfeited trying new things; I’ve stuck with things I’m naturally good at because to have to learn something means I may fail in the process. Commitment is hard for me to agree to because it means I’ll have to endure it all – the highs, the lows, the wonderful, and the extremely painful. Yet, this is what my life in Christ