“A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.'” Matthew 8:2
Jesus was willing and made the man clean.
This really stood out to me because it made me wonder, “why?” Why was Jesus willing to cure this sick man? When I first read the verse, I had to go back and re-read it. He isn’t asking, “can you make me clean?” He is giving Jesus total power. “You can make me clean.” Lord, if it is your will, make me clean.
Neither my soul, nor my body is perfect. My body does not function properly and it bothers me. My soul is naturally sour and my shortcomings devastate me. If I were face-to-face with the Lord I would not say, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” It would be a lot less poised than that.
I think Christians often think that following Christ means earthly joy, rather than an eternal, heavenly joy. The joy that is coming is not on this earth. Joy is not in a body that functions perfectly and a soul that is pure. Those things aren’t the epitome, even though I think they are…often. Accepting Jesus wasn’t like when the Fairy Godmother waved her wand at Cinderella. It wasn’t all better by the flick of a wrist, even though He could easily do that. Sometimes, He does heal. In my life, this healing is a slow, grueling process. But, that is His will.
Lord, if it is Your will, I will never be cured on this earth. If it is Your will, I will suffer. If it is Your will to not give me my desires of health, I will rejoice because you are still good.
But Lord, if you are willing, make me clean.
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.