"And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him."
This strikes me today, not because Christ made someone clean, but because of the man's faith in the first place to believe that Christ could. I think that we have a hard time with that sometimes... believing that Christ can make us clean... from sickness or sin, or sorrow. We have this idea in our heads that Christ is amazing and perfect and awesome, but that we're stuck the way we are, that we can't change, that parts of us are just static and there isn't anything that anyone can do about it. We're incurable. ... And the thing is, we aren't. None of us. We all have the ability and power, through Christ, to change and become whoever we want to be. We just have to do as this man did, and have the faith to ask for it. It isn't always instantaneous, like this healing seems. We have a lot to learn by the things that we go through in this life, and we need to learn those lessons. But as we ask Christ to intervene in our lives and make us clean, it does, and will, happen... as soon as we are ready for it. He'll help us learn how to change ourselves, and change the parts that we can't.
In this verse the man states that Christ is able to heal him if he is willing. And it appears that it was Christ's choice to do so and make this whole thing happen. But the thing is... Christ is ALWAYS willing. The choice is actually happening on our side... to believe that he can do it, and ask for his intervention in our lives. Today, let's believe, and ask God to help us to be clean.