And He Took Him Aside

Sometimes I just want to get away from everything - just put the world on hold for a little while and regroup. Life itself can be overwhelming some days and there's nothing I can do on my own to get out from under it.

And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, be opened. And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. Mark 7:32-35

The deaf mute was overwhelmed by his physical disabilities, and his friends knew that Jesus Christ was the only one who could change his life. They begged Jesus to work a miracle and take away his physical bonds and heal him.

But notice that Jesus didn't stand up in the midst of the crowd and announce that something miraculous was about to take place. He didn't advertise a healing or post an invitation in the town square. In fact, He did the exact opposite.

Jesus Christ took the man away from the multitude so they could be alone. This intimate, precious time with the Lord is what we crave right now when life gets overwhelming. The deaf mute didn't need an audience or the cheering crowd because it wasn't necessary. All he needed was a few moments with the Son of God to make everything clear again.

That same miracle is my prayer for today. I'm tired of going through life deaf and unable to speak. I need my Savior to take me aside, away from the multitude of the world, and touch my very soul. Everything that I need can be found in my private time with the Lord.

We don't need mega-churches or other large gatherings of believers to find God's peace and joy. We don't even need another human being to be content. All we need is the willingness to let Him lead us away for a while and find that spiritual renewing He loves to provide. Then we can return to the throng of daily life and tell everyone we meet what the Lord has done in our hearts.


  1. How wonderful to hear that still, small voice..that calming sweet influence that makes the sun shine brighter and the way get lighter.


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