“Some people brought to Jesus a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man. After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, ‘Ephphatha!’ (which means, ‘Be opened!’). At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.”
Mark 7: 32-35
Email. Cell phone. Texting. Facebook. Skype. We are blessed to live in a world where communication comes so easily for us. How isolated we feel if the power’s out, the server’s down, or the cell tower is out of range.
Did this man they brought to Jesus feel cut off? How could he communicate? He couldn’t hear. He could barely talk. Most of us take such small abilities for granted. However, none of this discouraged Jesus. He broke through the communication barrier. He took the man away from the crowd. He wanted no distractions drowning out his message. He put his fingers into the man’s ears to communicate: “I’m going to open your ears to hear.” He touched the man’s tongue to indicate: “I’m going to enable your tongue to speak”. Jesus conveyed his great concern and then accomplished what he had promised.
Jesus breaks through our communication barrier. Whenever we feel alone, or cut off from the rest of the world, He is always there for us. Even when we don’t realize we’re speaking to him, we are. There have been times I’ve had fleeting thoughts; they come and go so fast that I barely have time to register it. Just recently i experienced one. I knew when I thought it, I wasn’t really being fair or rational to myself…but, it still came unbidden. Shortly afterwards, I received a random e-mail…God using someone I know to answer a prayer I sent to him (without even knowing that’s what I was doing). No matter where we may be in our lives, Jesus does not shut us out or ignore us. Regardless of what we may do to Him, or to even disappoint Him, He is still there waiting for us to communicate with Him. You don’t need to message Him on Facebook or send a text…it’s so much easier than that. Use your heart to connect with Him. He makes promises to us that He will always hear us.
He speaks to us in the Scriptures:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 11: 28-29.
When we learn to communicate with God, we are better able to communicate with each other. How many times have you heard the phrase, “Well so-and-so told me that…”? It’s so easy to get wrapped up in gossip and hearsay, that the very communication channels we have been blessed with are taken for granted…used for the wrong reasons.
Ephesians 4:29 warns us:
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
Would it not be so much better if, instead of repeating the hurtful words (or even hurting because it was about you) you try to communicate? Go to God, first. All of us here are blessed with the ability NOW to communicate. We do not need Jesus to change anything physically for us to communicate, but we do need Him to help us change mentally…to remind us to not only seek Him out, but each other, as well. Ask Jesus to help the person who is victim to the gossip. Ask Him to help you to hold your tongue. Ask Him for strength to communicate with the people around you. Don’t shut them out…God brings everyone into your life for a reason— you may not want someone in your life, but God knows who you need. They are all there to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, and to love you. Combine all of those reasons, and you will find out they were all there to help you become the person you were meant to be in God’s eyes. You will learn something from everyone; all you have to do is communicate.
“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”