Reference text: Mark 1:40-45
Mark 1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
When you choose to enter the doors of any restaurant, you can expect some form of menu off which you pick your meal. One of the most interesting words you can therefore speak to any person taking your oder is ‘you choose for me’ or ‘get me anything you enjoy’ because by doing so, you place yourself entirely at the mercy of that person- which can lead to good outcomes in some cases or prove to be a very wrong decision in others.
The leper mentioned in the Gospel of today finds himself in the category of those who go to the restaurant and request for ‘anything’. His action represented those of a man who probably tired of asking for help hence using the words: ‘if you want, you can make me clean’, he gave to Jesus, complete authority and the permission to make all and every decision concerning him.
What strikes me even more is that Jesus had put forth his hand to touch Him even before responding with ‘I want to’. This, though confirming the heart of our father towards us, prompted me to ask this question: ‘what driving factors will cause us to use similar comments in speaking to God? And under what circumstances do we choose to cede authority to God? With pride, in desperation or in trust?
What we see from Jesus is the fact that not only is He able to respond to our calls for help, but he is actually eager to hear them. He appears to be looking towards us to see when we will call out and when we do, he gladly says ‘it’s about time you made that request as I have been waiting for you to.’ Beloved, that is what we can expect from God- a willingness to meet our every need regardless of our own state at the time of calling out.
Remember # God is eagerly waiting to respond to your request, so if you haven’t made it yet; right now is a good time to do so.