Who touched me? Jesus called into the crowded street. I felt the healing power go out of me. It was I ! said a voice. Doubtless Jesus has been repeatedly jostled about, for there were many who were hurrying, attending to business on that early Monday morning. Among those, there was a desperate and afflicted soul who cried for healing. It was given. Her faith had made her well. She fell upon her knees in thankfulness and joy.
Last week I attended a mens’ group at my church where the nights theme was “Finding ways to bump into Jesus”. Yes, Jesus doesn’t mind a little contact. This is a deliberate act on our part to seek him out through specific efforts. There are many ways to make it happen. We may be a writer, a singer, a servant, a teacher or one of many others who relies upon our special giftedness to put us in touch with the Source, and the power of our inspirational Spirit who lives within us. In these events we are moving toward Him and His teachings. And, He honors it in healing and power.
Alternately, we are called to “abide” with Jesus. John decares “ If ye abide in me and I in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it will be done unto you”. The song “Abide with me” goes; Abide in me Jesus; draw near as I wait for you; and following, Abide with me, fast falls the eventide. The darkness deepening. Lord with me abide when other helpers fail and comforts flee. Help of the helpless. Oh abide with me.
I wonder which is it; abide in me… or with me. Is there not a more active stance what we might take? Webster defines abide as “ Staying in place”. Is that what Jesus really wants? John 12:26 is very explicit; ” If any man serve me let him follow me, and where I am there shall my servant be also”. Do we not abide in him because we moved toward Him in those busy streets of life; and reach for, even the hem of His garment, in faith and assurance.
Can we not find new ways to bump into him every day of our lives?
What was that I heard you say ? “ The other day I bumped into Jesus?
It must be because you were moving toward him in your unique and gifted way, and because He heard your call and you felt the power leave Him, surrounding you with blessings you never imagined. Those that you could never have found had you been waiting on the street corner, asking Him to abide.
It may be also; even preferably, that you showed up in someone else’s time of need and you abided (touched ) him with the heavenly power delivered unto you. Jesus might well say; “Now, that’s abiding love. Great to bump into you my faithful servant. Let’s you and I do this again tomorrow! ……………Maybe a little earlier?”