Hello all. Today is a most beautiful day. It feels and looks like perfection! Yesterday morning was quite a rainy day in Houston. While I am thankful for the rain, traffic is, well, another story! Driving to work amidst the rain and the traffic, I listened to a song by Fred Hammond. Sadly, I don’t know the name of the song, but the chorus is “Jesus, I need you…don’t pass me by.” It made me think, so I went to Scripture.
The song mirrors Luke 18: 35 – 39: a blind man hears the crowd and asks the passersby what is going on. He is told that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by, and he begins to shout “Jesus, have mercy on me.” Others near tell him to be quiet and ‘rebuke’ his shouting, but he continues to cry out to Jesus.
I began to wonder what I would do if I heard Jesus was passing by. Would I drop everything I was doing and go to Him? Would I shout to Him? Would I cry out His name? Would I rush to the head of the crowd so that I could touch His garment, or see His face? What would I do? Would I stay put and continue doing whatever? Would I listen to those who would say – you better stay at work, or where are you running off too, or you’ll never get to the front, or the crowd is too big for Jesus to hear your cry, or, who are you that Jesus would speak to you or even acknowledge you? Or, would I, as in Fred Hammond’s song, would I cry out, “Jesus, I need you … please don’t pass me by! I am not ashamed to tell you I need you in my life.“
What we do, I feel, would speak to our relationship with God. What would you do if Jesus of Nazareth was passing by?
Father, through your son Jesus, You hear my cry. Yesterday, the rains came and nourished and replenished the earth. Father, the earth doesn’t ask for Your help, for Your sustaining of them, but because You created them, You take care of it all. You do the same for man: What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? Jesus, I am not ashamed to say I need you; need You in my life, guiding my footsteps. I need to hear Your voice, so that I may be obedient to Your will in my life. As the deer pants for water, let me thirst for You. Let not the crowds, and things and stuff, and circumstances of my life push You aside. Let me be forever mindful that life is only a temporary assignment; that it is only preparation for eternity; that I am a product of my choices and like David, my choices have consequences that affect not only me, but those around me. Father, I thank you for this fire that is in my soul! I thank you for this feeling inside of me that quickens at the sound of your name. Jesus! What a wonderful name! Jesus, I need you….don’t pass me by. By the Blood of Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Initially submitted via T & P email distribution on October 23, 2009.