By: Jack McCall

Matthew 8:5-8

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly." Jesus said to him, "Shall I come and heal him?" The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed."


It was just one of those crazy days at the office; lots of work and little time to do it. Although I had told God earlier the same morning that I would be available, I was hoping his divine appointments would fall to someone else.

My office phone rang, but I didn't recognize the number of the caller. Finally, the ringing stopped and I let out a sigh of relief. Whew! Then the message light on my phone came on. I was determined to ignore it. Curiosity and the urging of the Holy Spirit got the best of me. So, I listened to the message.

It was a man's voice; broken and pleading for information about the monthly Healing Service in Campbell, CA. I wrote down the name and number and called back immediately. I said, "Ray, it's Jack McCall." In the same broken voice, Ray said, "Forgive me for bothering you, but I'm desperate for healing."

My work was no longer a factor and there was nothing more important than listening to Ray. The desperation in his voice filled me with the manifestation of God's compassion. I knew that Ray's illness had him paralyzed and suffering terribly. As helpless as I felt, I just began praying over the phone. I'm not sure what God was doing, but I could hear the soft sounds of Ray's emotion on the other end of the phone.

Relief from physical suffering may or may not have followed, but Ray's relief from emotional suffering was instant. He knew in that moment that someone cared about him; a stranger empowered by God to be available.


TAKE THE CHALLENGE: What is my attitude towards giving my time to those in need? Do I make myself available?