Sometimes the thought of being pulled away from the crowd can cause images of going to the principal's office or being singled out by the basketball coach for a foolish mistake. This isn't the imagery that is on my heart to convey today. No, I am thinking more along the lines of Prince Charming dancing with Cinderella - leading her away from the ballroom so that they could talk with one another alone.
There are just some situations in which privacy is of utmost importance.
I ask you to turn with me to Mark's gospel, chapter 8. In verses 22-26, the Lord healed a blind man who had been brought to Him while He was in Bethsaida.
What stood out to me in such a sweet way as I read this passage recently is this:
"Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town."
I cannot even imagine the thought of the physical Jesus touching me to bring healing, but the overwhelming thought of Him taking me by the hand to lead me away from everyone else...I mean, come on!!!
Perhaps you are surrounded by distractions in your everyday life. Or maybe you are facing an overwhelming storm or trial right now and cannot see through the clouds. Could it be that the Lord is reaching His hand into your heart and leading you away from the noise for a minute?
There is just something about being in His Presence - just the two of you. I dare you to take His hand right now and let Him lead you to a place where you can be alone with Him. I encourage you to surrender your blindness of the big picture and let the One who truly sees the situation pull you a few steps away for a little while.
Who knows? You will most likely return to your everyday circumstances with fresh sight...and you may get to experience a double portion of His touch as that man in Bethsaida that day.
Father, I cannot see from Your perspective, but I long to so badly. Please take my hand and pull me to the side. Please pull me to where I can be alone with You for a little while. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Mark 8:22-26, Song of Solomon 2:10-14