Ninety percent of the group went on to the priests, the authorities, the 'keepers of respect.' One went back to Jesus to say thank you. In that encounter, Jesus told him, "Your faith healed you; go your way." The others, still going in faith, had the same miracle but it was working its way out in their lives. The one who looked to Jesus found wholeness immediately; the others were still in process. Maybe that is my lesson to learn. Perhaps thankfulness--living for an audience of One--heals, frees AND releases us from performing to the standards of others?
The other heart lesson trying to work its way into my understanding comes from the rich young ruler. All that we have and hold onto (because we trust in it for meaning and fulfillment), erects a barrier to receiving the Kingdom of God. That Kingdom can only reside in us--and evidently can only enter in us--when there are not other things blocking it. The blockades to my heart (that I've recognized) have been 'good things' (my dad, my work, my children, my church). And I am reminded of Oswald Chamber's words: "Good is the enemy of Best."