Healing Happens Along the Way

Lou Lotz

Read: Luke 17:11-19

And as they went they were cleansed. (v. 14)

A radio station hereabouts held a Bad Breaks contest. Listeners called in and, in 100 words or less, listed their bad breaks: I’m being audited by the IRS . . . the teenage kid next door got a drum set for his birthday . . . a tree fell in a storm and landed on the hood of my new car. There was a prize for the winner.

In Bible times you didn’t need 100 words to win a Bad Breaks contest. One word would do—leprosy. Victims were covered with ulcers; hands and feet became twisted stumps. Flesh melted away. It was a loathsome, hideous disease.

The ten lepers stand at a sanitary distance, croaking pitifully. They don’t even ask to be healed. They are too far gone for that. Sometimes, like them, we feel things are too far gone for life to be different. Like the lepers, we simply ask for mercy.

“Go and show yourselves to the priests,” says Jesus. Jesus is telling them to act as though their leprosy is already gone. It is as if Jesus is saying: “Stop acting like a victim. Don’t allow this problem to define your life. Start walking in the direction of wholeness and healing.”

Sometimes healing happens in one searing moment of glory. But more often healing happens along the way, as we return to life, refusing to settle for victimhood. You have a role to play in your own healing. Get moving. Return to life. Go show yourself to the priests.

—Lou Lotz

Lord, heal what is broken in my life.