53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54 When they got out of the boat, people just then recognized him, 55 and rushed around that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the edge of his cloak; and all who touched it were rescued.
rescue on demand
There is something in all of us who envies the people of those villages. They had only to put themselves in Jesus’ way as he walked about their streets, do a little pleading, and they would get their proof of his power. Right now, I can think of a number of people who could desperately do with some rescue. How I wish there was a place I could bring them where I could be guaranteed power for their healing and wholeness. I believe in Jesus, and I require no miracle but the resurrection. But that does not stop me from wanting to help those who need it.
Eventually, Jesus is going to make his way back to us. His Holy Spirit is here, and can heal just as he did. But utilising his healing power is far from an exact science. Lots of my prayers seem to be answered with a “no.” I’m not quite sure why. All I know is that Jesus is coming back. I refuse to give up on him. There is no plan “b” for ultimate rescue.
LORD, make us people who long for the power of your presence, even if we have to wait for your return to see it.