Thursday, April 16th
I watched The Bible mini-series Sunday night. As I watched the part about the leper moving through the crowd yelling unclean, unclean I felt like I could somewhat relate. Even with my mask on in public, I feel like I need to yell allergies, allergies if I have to sneeze or cough. Clearly sneezing or coughing in public nowadays is about as popular as saying BOMB in an airport.
Of all times to have a respiratory pandemic; during allergy season.
I have observed people in the stores and listened to others talking about how the distancing is trending beyond physical proximity. Many are avoiding eye contact, while others are making it a point to walk away from each other. I thought about this when I was watching the leper in the movie.
In biblical times, leprosy was viewed as both punishment for sin and a divine curse from God.
“Anyone with such a defiling disease must wear torn clothes, let their hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of their face and cry out, “Unclean! Unclean.” As long as they have the disease, they remain unclean. They must live alone; they must live outside the camp.” Leviticus 13:45-46
Talk about social distancing. How horrible this must have been for those with this disease. Not only from the physical aspect but the spiritual, mental and emotional as well.
Can we relate to that today? I think so. We see people hospitalized and isolated from their families. We see loss of life with funerals being delayed. High School seniors won’t be able to attend their senior proms or walk across the stage to receive their hard-earned degrees. Weddings being rescheduled. Churches closed. Businesses closed. Suicides and addiction on the rise already after 29 days of quarantine. These are big issues!
People are asking why. Where is God in all of this? He is exactly where He was for the leper; standing and waiting for us to be committed and bold enough to come to Him despite the crowd’s yelling. We listen to the news, we spend hours on social media reading endless commentaries and opinions on what, when and how things should be done or not done.
When what we need to do is be like the leper. Shut out the noise, stop “looking at the crowd” of doubters and naysayers and focus our eyes on Jesus Christ. Just as He was for the leper, He is for us; our hope, our healer, our confidant and sustainer. Praise God as born-again believers we can rest in Him!
There is a line in a song that I love: “Even though I’m in the storm, the storm is not in me.”
“And a leper came to Him, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying to Him, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” And moved with compassion, He stretched out His hand, and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Mark 1:40-41
Jesus reached out His hand to the leper and He is reaching out His hand to us saying, Come, bring me your fears, doubts, anxieties and sorrows. I am willing! The question is, are we?
Until next week……. Don’t forget to smile (and wash your hands)! Tammy