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The Awareness of His Touch

The title sounds like something I’d write in my heroine’s point of view about her hero. I write Christian romance, so there is appropriate touching that impacts the characters emotionally. Writers are encouraged to  add dimension to their scenes by incorporating the characters’ senses–sight, smell, sound, taste, touch.

However, that title doesn’t refer to my novel and using characters’ senses.

Yesterday, we had a substitute pastor for our worship service. Rev. Roy Miller, founder of The Better Place and author of My Gospel: The Adventure of Partnering With God to See His Kingdom Come, used the phrase “the awareness of His touch” during his pastoral prayer. As Rev. Miller prayed, his words touched a tender part of my heart.

The awareness of his touch. The Awareness of his touch. The Awareness of His touch. The Awareness of His Touch.

Imagine having so much faith that knowing a single touch of Jesus’ garment would be enough to heal your infirmities. Or knowing without a shadow of doubt that God had complete control of your life.

But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” Luke 8: 46-48 NIV

How many times do we go through our days, placing God lower and lower on our list of priorities, but at the first sign of trouble, we’re quick to shove Him to the top? Yes, I’m guilty of that. Sometimes I have shaky faith. I worry. I fret. I spend too much time “what iffing.” I get frustrated because I know my will may not be in alignment with God’s will.

As a parent, I have to make decisions that meet the needs of my children. Those choices may not mirror theirs. That’s how it is with God. His will may not match my will. Now, instead of praying for my will to be done, I’ve been praying for Him to change my heart so it’s in alignment with His will for my life.

I need to be stronger in my faith. I need to remember He has a plan and a purpose for my life. His will rules over my will. I want the faith of those who knew a single touch would be enough to heal them. I want the Awareness of His Touch in every facet of my life.

Are you aware of His Touch in your life?

Lisa Jordan

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