As they went...
He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. Luke 17:14
The other day, one of my daughters had a
n English assignment where she was asked to read a story and identify the problem. She was also asked if she has ever experienced a similar problem. She sat down with a book, read through it, scribbled on a paper and thrust it into my hand before running off to play. This is what it said:
Some people do not have food, water and a house. It is sad. I have not had this problem.
What she didn't know was right then I was exchanging emails with a young woman I have recently gotten to know through Harvest House. She reached out seeing if we were able to provide any assistance to her family for Thanksgiving. Not to worry, groceries have been ordered
and some extra goodies thrown in too. Her family will have fully bellies on Thanksgiving and hopefully for many days after. She has also been connected with various other programs to help tackle some of the issues she is facing and we are pleased to walk alongside her as she navigates these things.
I was reminded as I've gotten to know her how Jesus interacted with people. Sometimes, Jesus required something of the people He was blessing. There are times when they were told to go do something to receive full healing. My favorite is in Luke 17:14 where lepers were told to go show themselves to the priest and it says "And AS THEY WENT, they were cleansed of their leprosy." (emphasis mine). Other times, the people simply had to ask. It is always interesting to me how Jesus meets different people in different ways, and it keeps me on my toes as I navigate how to best help the women we work with.
Would you take a moment to pray for this friend and her family? Pray the Lord would bless and protect them, and we would do our best to accurately represent Jesus to her. Pray she would ask not just for assistance, but eventually ask why we even care to come alongside her.
Aaron and Elizabeth Kilby