Just about every story of Jesus knocks me over. No matter how many times I read a story I end up reading it in a new way or with fresh eyes or maybe I notice something unique or just realize I had forgotten how powerful it was and I am newly amazed by the way Jesus loved people and led them to straight paths to the throne of God. The story of the 10 lepers in Luke 17 is one of these stories. Reading it in light of what’s happening right now as well as reading it right after studying Proverbs 3:5-6 for a month was very enlightening. These lepers are all totally without hope. Unable to make plans for the future. Their dreams consist purely of healing. This debilitating and ostracizing disease has dashed their dreams and hopes down to the basest of desires. Health, security, and relationships. So, when they receive word from Jesus to simply go and show themselves, all 10, in faith, begin the trek to show themselves before the Elders. As they find themselves healed and cleansed during this walk of faith they race back home! I’m imagining hearing word of a miraculous cure to COVID that is available to ALL of us and how great the rejoicing would be as our dreams and hopes for the future were renewed and we quickly go back to our normal lives. However, one leper returns to Jesus and bows at His feet in thankful worship and praise. Jesus led all 10 lepers to the straight path but only 1 of them had clarity to see the value of following Christ over returning to normal. Let partnering with Jesus and the Kingdom of God be our dream. This is a dream that doesn’t change and isn’t postponed in any circumstance!