Sometimes human life seems very tough and resilient. Who isn’t amazed at the pounding that football players and boxers can absorb and still keep going? How can a child fall down an entire staircase and bounce right back up? But sometimes we seem very, very fragile indeed. Sometimes people fall and don’t get up. Every mother’s nightmare is hearing that her child has been injured. But every mother’s comfort is knowing that all of God’s children are under God’s control.
What a thrill it is to watch Jesus at work in the Garden of Gethsemane. When an enemies’ ear was sheared off by a thoughtless disciple and his exuberant sword, Jesus calmly picked up the severed ear and placed it right back where it belonged on the side of Malchus’ head. Isn’t it reassuring to trust in a God whose power extends over human tissue? If our God heals even his enemies, how much more will he do for those who love him?
Jesus once told a paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home” (Luke 5:24). And he did. Just with a word, Jesus reassembled all the broken and shriveled and atrophied things in the man’s legs, and he walked. Get this—Jesus has lost none of his skill, his power, or his love for you.