I heard someone talking about the story in the Bible of Jesus healing the ten lepers, in Luke 17. Basically there are ten guys with leprosy [which in those days pretty much meant you were completely shunned from society] who approach Jesus and ask him to have pity on them. They are asking Jesus to heal them.
He immediately tells them to go and show themselves to the priests [which is something the leper would traditionally have to do in order to be given a clean bill of health in those times in Israel] and He (Jesus) healed them as they left. So Jesus is showing all that healing comes from God, not from a human priestly judgement.
Here is the interesting, yet subtle part! Only one of the ten, came back to thank and praise God. This guy was even a Samaritan (two strikes against him). Jesus made it a point to recognize this. He commented — “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” (Luke 17:17-18)
So here is the point. We are the recipient of many good things, many blessings directly from God. There are big things: our family, our friends, our church home, our relationship with Christ. There are daily micro-level things: healing, love, compassion from others when we are in need, forgiveness, kindness and the list is endless!
Like the leper, we need to “close the loop with God”. We must recognize the gifts from Him and allow our spirit to thank Him, to praise Him. I believe this quote by Graham Truscott accurately describes what praise does for our relationship with God:
“When God’s people begin to praise and worship Him using the Biblical methods He gives, the Power of His presence comes among His people in an even greater measure.”
So in the spirit of praise and following in the footsteps of the leper, whom Jesus healed….
Thank you God for the opportunity you have bestowed upon me to spend 8 days bonding with Jackson, caring for him – these days I will always treasure. It’s funny, God knew my weaknesses, in that I needed to grow patience in my care and love for Jackson. He also knew how I took so many of the things Jamie does to care for Jackson for granted (yep, totally do!). God knew this and put the challenge of caring for him these 8 days/nights right in front of me. Forcing me to step up to the areas I was weak and continue to grow into the father I can be by the power of His Spirit!
God is truly awesome and worthy of all our praise!