I was fifteen years old when I found my first real girlfriend. To say I was smitten is putting it mildly. I followed “Sweet Thing,” as my family called her, around like a love sick puppy.
One day, she wanted to leave our high school campus at lunch time, so I walked with her a few blocks down the street to get something to eat.
Uh oh, here came some older guys I knew, who were a grade or two ahead of me. They were sure to give me a hard time about walking with my girl.
To this day I’m ashamed for what happened next. I slowed down, letting her walk in front of me, until we were about 10 feet apart. “Maybe they won’t realize we’re together,” I thought.
It didn’t work. One of the guys quipped, “Hey Dave! You need to get closer if you want to know what girls are about.”
Thankfully, my girlfriend turned around and laughed. This “puppy” caught up with her right away!
During His earthly days of ministry, Jesus was frequently surrounded by needy folk who had no qualms about getting close to Him. Remember the woman who’d bled uncontrollably for twelve years? She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” (Matthew 8:21).
Another Bible story tells about the reception Christ received when he arrived in a new place. People immediately recognized him and started bringing the sick from the surrounding area.
They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.Mark 6:56b (NIV)
Kind reader, the closer we get to Jesus, the more we’ll know what he is about. Today, and every day, may we have the laser-focused faith of that chronically ill woman-“If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ Prayers and love.
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