read Mark 7. Can we hear God? Can we see Him working in our lives? Can we feel his touch?
I think so. Look at how Jesus heals the deaf and mute man. Jesus puts his fingers into the man’s ears. He spits on his own fingers and touches the man’s tongue. Why? Jesus heals other people just by saying the word. My guess is: it’s because this man is deaf. Perhaps Jesus wants this man to know that He is healing his ears and tongue. Why? Because it makes us feel loved if we know someone cares about our needs. Jesus doesn’t just want to give this deaf mute man sight and hearing. He wants the deaf and mute man to feel loved.
He wants each of us to feel loved, too. So when Jesus begins to heal our hearts, we can feel it. Here are the things that come from inside our hearts that need healing: “evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.” Mark 7:21-22. How does God heal us of those things? Perhaps the same way he heals the daughter of the non-Jewish woman. God brings us to a place of humility. He tenderizes our hearts. We can feel Him softening our pride. We can hear his voice of kindness and love telling us not to compare ourselves to others. We sense peace flowing through us the way the wind flows through the tops of tall trees. We know when He’s at work. We can feel that He cares.
God’s touch allows us to ask for His help with the faith and grace of the Gentile woman, who doesn’t mind asking for just a scrap from God’s table; she doesn’t mind comparing herself to a dog. The reason this woman’s humility is beautiful, rather than demeaning, is that the woman is talking about God’s table. Everything in God’s house is bountiful. So even a scrap from God is more filling and fulfilling than a feast from a miser. And while we call people a “dog” in a cruel way, dog’s have a quality of faithfulness that God values. The image of a faithful servant waiting for just a word from her master is the place to which God’s love brings us.
“I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my Lord than dwell in the tents of the wicked,” King David sang thousands of years ago. Psalm 84:10. When you begin to know God, this song makes sense. This song becomes our song. It becomes timeless. In God’s kingdom, every doorkeeper is treasured. Every door is treasured. And so every doorkeeper treasures the door he is given to guard. Nothing is too small for God: not our deafness; nor our inability to speak the right word; and not our envy or greed. Jesus gave up his life to cleanse our hearts. He listens when we pour out our hearts to Him. He knows we can’t cleanse our hearts by ourselves. He wants us to know He is listening and healing and working.
He wants us to know how much He cares.
posted by Caroline Coleman in carolinecolemanbooks.com on December 6, 2011