FAITH: AN INVITATION TO ENCOUNTER THE EXTRAORDINARY

Posted: July 31, 2016 in Art, Books, Christianity, Education, Encouragement, Faith, Family, History, Hope, Inspiration, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Photography, Politics, Quotes, Success, Travel, Uncategorized

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And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.’ – Mark 5:25-26 NIV

To truly appreciate the story of the ‘sick woman’ immortalized in the Gospel of Mark and Luke, I invite you to take a closer look at her circumstances and her response to them that aptly describes the meaning of ‘walking by faith.’ I pray this will inspire you to keep going towards your breakthrough, blessing, and better place.

First, the reality of her current condition of suffering with her ailment for 12 years. Being ‘subject to bleeding.’ Some of us can identify with being subject to a condition that may have lasted longer, or maybe not as long, but consider the mental and emotional duress being subjected to anything undesirable for an extended period of time. Second, consider the feelings of despair and exhaustion, including feeling disillusioned, when you seek professional help, spending all you have in financial resource to invest in your recovery, well-being, and health, and the condition you were subjected to worsens instead of getting better. So now the emotion associated with the 12 year condition you are subjected to is complicated by the mental and emotional anguish of the conditioning worsening, you have no more access to resource to aid you in recovery, so your hope in resolving your circumstances dim and chances of healing are grim. Is there even a word to describe how this would feel? The probability of being in a better place is being overshadowed with the inevitability that things will never change, get better, or hope for improvement is waning.

Somewhere in the midst of this great darkness, the ‘sick woman’ has hope. I believe this, because the moment she hears that Jesus is within proximity to her, she moves with urgency towards her breakthrough. Though eternally, everything about her circumstances spoke of death, internally she was driven by the hope that ‘life’ was still within her reach. She refused to ‘accept’ that the current state of her life was all that she would know. She refused to believe that what she was subjected to would be all that she could ever know ‘life’ to be. She was driven by hope and determined to reach out for and possess the possibilities of what her faith in God and the power of Jesus promised.

This is important and significant to understand, because it’s not just that she got up, went to Jesus, saw Him and reached out for her miraculous recovery. In the Gospel of Luke, you have to read carefully, or you will miss the significance of the description of her journey to Jesus that led to her healing. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.’ – Luke 8:42b-43 NIV The hope that sustained the ‘sick woman’ in being subjected to her condition for years empowered her to navigate her way through a crowd that almost crushed Jesus. How many times have we allowed a ‘crowd’ to deter, or discourage us from going to the store, to an event, to church? How many times has a ‘crowd’ of thoughts, or emotions dissuaded, or discouraged us from acting on faith? There was an urgency, hunger, and passion for what she desired that would not allow any obstacle to prevent her from her destination and destiny in encountering the extraordinary power of Jesus working in her life.

Father, bless us and help us to live with the hope, hunger, passion, and determination as the ‘sick woman,’ fueled by confidence in You and the courage to act to take possession of the extraordinary fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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