E-votional - City Seekers
October 21, 2002

"A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.”

Mark 1:40 (NRSV)


    For the most part we are seekers. This week I found something that I was seeking, but also so much more. Driving 650 miles to southwestern Kansas, I arrived at a ranch where we set off to work a cattle drive. I had hope for a good experience. I even had faith it would be a good experience, yet what I found was a great experience. There were things I had to do to get there, a map I had to follow and a drive that had to be made. I even watched "City Slickers"....

Hear the Good News, as we seek an experience with Christ, we start by wanting something different. This may mean living a life which is significantly more fulfilling than our current life. It could even mean we have had a glimpse of what is to come. The leper in Mark's Gospel knew something about Jesus, something that compelled him to find Christ. He, the leper, probably had tried any number of different approaches to be healed. He sought out healers, treatments, and ultimately was sent to live away from the other "well" people. Ostracized and forgotten, he lived a life that was missing what he had hoped for and dreamt of. But then he finds out about Jesus and he seeks him out. Everything the leper had tried, on his own, came up short, but once he sought out Jesus and laid his life before Christ, "Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, 'I do choose. Be made clean!' Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean." Maybe, if we make our search for change begin with Christ, and we lay our life before Christ, we can stop using elements of change that come up short. We are seekers, but we have to know that Christ is what yearn for and who we should seek. faith, that your growth is complete or done.


   Gracious Father, today I seek seek you. With all of my infirmaries and challenges, I lay them over to You. Why I make life so much more challenging, I do not understand, why I turn to other people, place and things, I do not know, but I pray that my focus will remain on You. Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.