And the whole crowd was trying to touch him because power was going out from him and healing all.
~ Luke 6:19
One of the things that I realize about being the living instrument of Christ, is that God is dependent upon us. While we spend much of our time seeking out God, God is just as busy looking to us.
God doesn't look to us to be controlling, rather God looks to us to find ways to bring the creation together. God is the great healer, and God depends on our gifts to heal one another. In order for there to be reconciliation, God looks to us to be reconcilers. And when it comes to forgiveness, we are the ones who must respond, and move forward.
In many ways Jesus again serves as the example of "God among us." While walking through the crowds one day, Jesus tells the crowd, "Someone has touched me."
Jesus recognized that power had been taken from him, and that healing had taken place.
For many of us, learning that the power of God depends on us, is also the reminder of the importance of vulnerability and weakness. It is the reminder that God came to us as a vulnerable baby, and that through that weakness lived among us.
Recognizing that weakness means that we realize the importance of our own vulnerability. Not just to God, but to one another.
When we do this, we cannot help to be the presence of Christ to others.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.