November 3: Man with Leprosy

Read Mark 1:40-45

I’m not ashamed. I am a 24 year old man with a whole face of facial hair, and I am afraid of the dark. Up until I got married in March of 2016 I slept with a nightlight…true story. Ever since I was a little boy, if I’m alone in a dark room, I freak out. Even though my dad has told me for a solid decade that what I see in movies isn’t real, I could swear that someone follows me as I go up flights of steps. The first half of the steps involves me debating of if I’m going to hold it together like a manly man or freak out. The second half includes me skipping two steps at a time running for my life. It’s quite an awkward moment when I bust through the door only to see my wife giving me a confused look.

“Don’t judge me.”

Some nights when I would lay in my bed with my blue night light on, I would think to myself that my surroundings are the same as when it was dark. The only difference is that the light illuminates my surroundings so I avoid capture at the hands of the boogey man (He’s real).

In John 8, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.” He is the light that will forever drive away the darkness. No matter how much we doubt or claim that He isn’t there, His light will forever be our guide.

Mark 1 contains the story of a man that was stricken with leprosy which was highly contagious. Anyone that had leprosy was thought of as being the outcast of all outcasts. These people were thrown out from society and thought to be as valuable as dirt. Key to this story is when the man says to Jesus, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus immediately heals the man, changing his life forever. This man was living in darkness; he had no hope. However, when he encountered Jesus, his darkness was illuminated. Life suddenly became more worth it.

We all have our issues. We all have our past. We all have done things that we aren’t proud of. Jesus is hope. What we try to cover, He uncovers. Jesus is not only willing to deal with our problems, but He is also able.

“Come to Me all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest.”

What are you experiencing in life that you need to give to God? What life are you living that needs to stop? If you doubt that God can be a light in your darkness, I challenge you to try. You’ll be surprised what you find out.

jdl

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