“So Jesus kept to out-of-the—way places, no longer able to move freely in and out of the city. But people found him, and came from all over.” Mark 1:45
I wonder why anyone would want to be famous and have to sneak around to avoid fans or having their picture taken and spread all over the media. Musician might be able to sing to a crowd of thousands of people, but when the performance is over, their life changes into one of solitude or having to change their identity to go out for a burger.
Jesus tried to keep his ministry quiet. One day he healed a man with leprosy and gave him strict orders: “Say nothing to anyone.” Hardly out of earshot of Jesus, the man couldn’t contain himself and told everyone of his miraculous healing. After the news spread that Jesus could heal a leper with a simple touch, Jesus could no longer walk around town without sunglasses and a baggy hat. He didn’t want to be known as a miracle man, nor did he want to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His gift of healing was a tool to help people grow in their faith in God—the real star.
Dear God, as we grow in our faith, help us find miracles along the journey. Amen.