Sometimes we become so desperate that we will do anything just to touch the hem of the Master’s robe:
Wherever He went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged Him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of His robe, and all who touched Him were healed. (Mark 6:56 NLT)
Other times, it is the Master who reaches out and does the touching according to the circumstances:
Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” He said. “Be healed!” Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed. (Mark 1:41-42 NLT)
But what about when the Master unexpectedly touches you when you least expect it and it comes as a sudden surprise? Instead of an answer to prayer or a response to an act of desperation, it is simply a touch of comfort:
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26 KJV)
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. (John 16:7 KJV)
The other day I was caught up with the busy demands of life. Out of nowhere, I was overwhelmed by the Master’s touch. I felt the LORD’s love and comfort all over me. Oh, to be loved by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
No, I did not reach out to touch the hem of His garment. And no, I did not request for Him to touch me. It was simply the Master knowing me and my needs better than I know myself and He determined I needed a hug!
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” (Matthew 6:25-26 NLT)
I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5b KJV)
We serve a good, good God. So the next time you feel the Master’s unexpected touch, stop what you are doing and bask in His goodness! This in turn should prompt us to bestow unwarranted acts of love upon our fellow human beings:
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35 NLT)