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touch the wounds again

Sitting with my devotional earlier this morning, I was reminded again of some simple stuff that we sophisticated and institutionalized Christ followers forget from time to time.   Rohr:  “Thomas the Apostle symbolizes our temptation towards heady faith, so Jesus asks him to touch the wounds (John 20:27). Undoubtedly we have lived far too long in our heads.  We think we have to tell the gospel just right and systematically explain that our way is the way to “The Way”.   Again, the consumption is with our way…not His way.

The Sunday after Easter, Patti and I attended a big ole church where our son (in-law) Jon is on staff and leads worship from time to time.  It’s a monstrous place, lots of people, quality effects for every person’s appetite.  There was so much going on, so much to see and the music filled the place with such precision that I actually had the thought:  How does anyone ever get to Jesus in here?  It wasn’t a judgment, but more like a split-second ramble that just popped in my mind.  I mean, I’ve worshiped in some crazy atmospheres and been totally at ease in almost any situation, but on that day, in that moment, I questioned.  Immediately, I sensed myself walking down a quiet hallway in the midst of the worship center.  The music was fading and the special effects lighting was all moving behind me.  When I got the the end, I saw Him.  I cannot describe Him, but it was Him.  As quickly as the question came it was answered:  “You press through until you find Me.  Once you find me, reach out and touch Me.” Then in a moment, I was back in the room.  I was a slobbering mess.

I mention this little encounter because something happened to me that day.  I had been battling with a skin rash (hives) for months.  I had ask for prayer multiple times, gotten prayer more than once but was still clawing myself into bleeding scabs and was pretty much miserable most of my waking hours.  No kidding, the hives disappeared and have not reappeared since that day.  In fact, I didn’t realize they were gone until later that week when Patti and I were in Nigeria.  That is when it dawned on me that He was doing stuff “in” me while I was looking “at” Him.

There is probably a sermon in there somewhere and I fight the religious temptation to explain it all and put it in another formula for mass production, so I’ll stop while it is still simple.


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  1. kayla phillips
    June 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    man, this is incredible! what a powerful God we serve! And to think, how many times is he doing just this….calling us to press through until we find Him. Thanks for the reminder and challenge today to look at my own life and see in what areas He’s calling me to find him. He is absolutely waiting to heal us if we will just reach out and touch Him. This message has something so deep on it that my mind can’t fully understand it, but somewhere deep in my spirit there’s a shouting YES!

    • marisol doyle
      June 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm

      how cool! I’m waiting on God to heal me also…I trust He has…I’m looking forward to see the fruit of His work in me:)

      I am so thankful to Rocio for connecting and for coming to EHof Prayer…I’m exhausted and to the same depth hopeful to see the fruit.

      covetting your prayers…God is a great provider! 🙂 and healer

  2. June 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Aww, I love this Mike. So awesome to see what happens when we do push through. The things that God brings us through….and the beautiful things He brings us to…Himself =) Awesome story!

  3. Cindy Sipling
    June 17, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks Mike for these thoughts. So true. If we seek Him we will find Him. For that I am so grateful. I know how easily I can be distracted even by good things intended to point me to Him but instead I have focused on the thing and not on Him. So, I will keep pushing through!! 🙂

  4. Jess McVey
    June 18, 2010 at 7:29 am

    “He was doing stuff “in” me while I was looking “at” Him”…my favorite line–so simple yet there is so much depth and truth in it. Amazing what happens in and around us when we fix our eyes on Heaven. I love you! Thanks for being so raw and real.

  5. Sarah B
    June 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Love this, Daddy Mike. And you 🙂

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