Matthew 15:29-30 – Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.
What I love about this is that crowds traveled to be where Jesus was. This wasn’t a time when people had cars, trains, buses and airplanes. This was a time when people had to travel by foot to get where they needed to go. If they had some more money, they might have been able to afford a horse and carriage. But my point is that Jesus was worth the travel – they wanted to be with Him.
He healed so many people that day, and I’m sure he did more than just heal. I’m certain that He spoke life-giving, life-changing words that day that left people feeling full. Imagine if those people weren’t there? Imagine if they let the length and the stress of their journey convince them into staying at home?
The importance of being present is so big. If we’re expectant for Jesus to move in our lives, we need to be there. We need to go to church every Sunday. We need to go to those big conference in far away places. We need to meet Jesus there.
I’m all for staying at home and encountering Him in your daily Bible reading and praying – I believe He meets us there too! But we can’t limit ourselves of God encounters. Let me encourage you today to be there, wherever there is for you.