Then Jesus returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him.33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue.34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” – Mark 7:31-37
It’s bad enough when people expect you to do more than you can actually do. That happens to me more frequently than I would like to admit. I’m afraid that some people overestimate my resources of wisdom, stamina, knowledge, power, or availability. There are those who know better, but many think I can do more than I think I can do! Worse yet, however, would be having others know accurately what you can do, and expecting you to do it – wherever, whenever, whatever else may be going on in your life.
That seems to be what is brewing for Jesus these days. There will come a time when he is unable to satisfy all the demands on his time, teaching, healing, confronting, and saving ministry. There will come a time when he lets nearly everyone down by his failure to act, and he will be abandoned to the mockery of soldiers, the scourging of their whips, the false-accusations of the Priests, and the sentence of death by crucifixion.
But not yet. In these days Jesus is healing. Whether it is a Syrophoenician woman’s daughter, a woman with an issue of blood, or a deaf man who cannot speak, Jesus is showing the world just what he can do. His abilities are on public display here and the people praise him.
There are those moments when God shows up in bold relief. Prayers are answered. Diseases are healed. People are released from their spiritual dungeons. There are also those times when God doesn’t show up as we think he should. In those moments it is good to remember that Jesus has done all things well – including redeeming us, forgiving our sins, and saving us eternally. That is his greatest work, and we can rejoice in hope as we put our bodies and souls into his hands.