Hands that heal
So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him [and] instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes and he regained his sight. — Acts 9:17-18
We’ve all said to God, “Nope! Not gonna do it!”
In the moment, we may not realize it’s God who put the thought in our head—the outlandish thought, I should add. But it’s true: we’ve politely (or absolutely) shut God off when God whispered into our souls what seems to be an absolutely crazy (and perhaps dangerous) notion.
Why? Because we are like Ananias here with Saul. What God put into his soul is what God also puts into ours. What God puts into our souls can be outlandish, crazy, and maybe even dangerous.
But do it. Do it. Ananias did. As a Christian, he faced a well-known persecutor of Christians and did the unthinkable—he touched him to heal him.
Ananias did not generate this thought on his own. And he, like us, did the classic, “But Lord…” when he heard what he was called to do.
But be like Ananias. Do it. Just do it. Show up. Share. Dare. Reach. Touch.
And something like fear, hurt, dismay, bewilderment, remorse, or sorrow will fall off the person you touch.
Your hands? Those two funny looking things at the ends of your arms? Yes. In the name of God, use them to heal.
PRAYER: Use my hands to heal in Your name, gentle God of great ideas. Amen.