One Touch

Luke 8:44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. Have you ever seen the actual Mona Lisa? The real painting is truly really small. This legendary work of art seems huge when you see the image reprinted on screen savers, mouse pads, dorm posters, even t-shirts. But the actual Mona Lisa, currently residing in the Louvre, is only 30” x 21” and set behind layers and layers of security and glass. Each day thousands of people crowd around hoping for a glimpse or shot of that timeless piece. The thing about the Mona Lisa, Starry Night, The Scream, American Gothic, the Sistine Chapel and others, is that they are inaccessible to the people of today. In fact, one touch of human skin would threaten to deteriorate and devalue these priceless creations. But God (isn’t it always “but God”?), the ultimate painter and Master Creator sent His most valuable masterpiece to walk among the people, and one touch from Him would restore every broken place. In the parable told in Luke 8:40-56, one woman was so desperate to receive healing from Christ, that she broke through crushing masses of people to simple touch the hem of Jesus’ cloak and received the healing she was so frantic to obtain. Why don’t we seek Him that urgently today? Why don’t we rush toward that single touch that brings life? If we are really honest with ourselves, I believe that we would find the answer is that we’re afraid. Our fear is blocking us from receiving the Master’s one touch in our lives. Maybe we’re afraid of hoping and being disappointed, or we’re afraid of just how our lives might change, but I believe that if we can stand and touch the cloak of Jesus, we will experience supernatural healing physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. No matter what swirls around us, what the doctors’ reports might say, what the test results reflect, or what percentages and odds define, we have a Healer who needs only to touch us. Miracles happen, and they happen constantly. God is still in the miracle business, if we allow Him to use us in that way. I invite you right now to uncross your arms and open your hands to His touch and His mighty power today.