Pat’s Ponderings…

Unclean! Unclean!


 “Now the leper on whom the sore is, his clothes shall be torn and his head bare; and he shall cover his mustache, and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’” Leviticus 13:45 (NKJV)

Recently, I’ve had much time for pondering!  Having tested positive for the “dreaded virus”, I immediately went into self-quarantine.  Part of my pondering was about the disease mentioned in the Bible of leprosy.  How terrible it must have been to be isolated and to live as the lepers had to live at that time!

I found myself wondering why there is so much sickness in the world.  Why is there so much pain and suffering?  I kept hearing about others with health problems.  Why does God allow this?  I felt that I could identify at least with the lepers who had to yell “unclean” when others approached. Then, God brought to my mind some of the examples of Jesus’ compassion when He healed the blind, sick, etc. That was comforting.

In a recent Wednesday evening message, our pastor talked about our bodies as “tents” that are temporary.  He reminded us that when these “tents” are worn out, we have a new body in heaven. So appropriate!  If we were all always healthy and happy, we would never want to leave this earth.  I don’t understand as much as I would like about disease, but I do know that God has all under control.

Being isolated from others brought to mind some important things that I already knew but had not been practicing as much as I should.  It reminded me that shut-ins need to be contacted regularly.  They get lonely and need contact with the world.  When so many called to see if I needed anything, I was reminded of how important it is to minister to others.  It is easy to tell people you will pray for them, but not as easy to actually do something!  

Perhaps the most important learning one can get from my recent experience is the fact that we all are unclean until we accept Christ as our personal Savior.  Even then, we need to repent daily and ask God’s forgiveness for not loving and serving Him as we should! It is only through Christ that we can genuinely be made clean!

“Love never fails”  I Corinthians 13:8

We practice what we believe; all the rest is just talk.

Pat Lamb