“…they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.” (Mark 6: 56 NASB)
Scrolling through my Facebook feed, ads promising better everything vie for my attention and click. Improved relationships through proper nutrition, intermittent fasting for middle aged women going through menopause, shinier and healthier wavy to curly hair through personalized products, improved mindset through new daily practices are among the cures for my many “ills.”
Most of us are well aware of social media apps tracking our internet activity then feeding us ads accordingly. Creepy for sure but also very telling. Indeed, I have researched variations of these topics and have found useful information to make improvements in my life.
Still, how easy it is for these concerns to drown my truest and deepest need, our truest and deepest need. How easy it is to follow that rabbit down the hole of ad and article clicking only to discover more issues we may or may not have known we “should” be concerned about. How easy to miss what we don’t even realize we are truly searching for: dignity, love, connection, belonging, acceptance.
“God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female* he created them.” (Genesis 1: 27)
Allow this verse to sink in. Allow the awe to wash over you. Yes, awe, that you were created in the image of God, as a female, as a male. We learn from reading the creation accounts in Genesis that God created and He saw that everything He created was good. We are good, beautiful, loved; we are full of dignity. Thus, when we relate to others and just as importantly, with ourselves, we should sense that awe that we are holy, we are sacred. That is what we are called to be.
And there is more: in our longing to be connected, we realize that God longs to be connected with each and every one of us. He longs to be in a relationship with us. To do so, He came in the form of Christ, in the form of a human being that we could relate to. Through Christ, He crosses the chasm and reunites us with Himself, which is pure love. All we really need to do is open our minds and our hearts and reach out to Him.
So, just like the people “scurrying” about even just to get a touch of his cloak for the healing of physical ailments, we can reach out to Him to find healing, peace, love, and connection. Take a few deep breaths, quiet your mind, envision laying all your concerns aside. All of them, no matter how serious or how trivial. Read Mark 6: 53-56. Envision yourself in the scene. Maybe you are a bystander watching or maybe you find yourself reaching desperately for his cloak. Immerse yourself. What is our loving God speaking to you?