Hurt? Grieving? Lost? So was This Man…

All around me there are hurting people. One of my friend’s is undergoing cancer treatment. Another lies seriously ill in ICU. Others are dealing with grief that wraps its icy fingers around their hearts long after those around them have forgotten and moved on. Some are facing the betrayal of a spouse; others are struggling to overcome childhood hurts and abuse.

My own struggles are not this big, but—even then—navigating everyday life leaves me feeling lost and depleted sometimes.

Today I came across a beautiful encounter in the Bible. It spoke to me of just what we should do when we are struggling with illness, loss, or even just making sense of it all. The first part of it is found in Matthew 8:2.

Suddenly a man with leprosy approached Jesus. He knelt before him, worshiping. “Lord,” the man said, “if you want to, you can make me well again.”

Does something surprise you in that text? Jump out at you as astonishing? It did for me. Before the leper says a word, before Jesus has done anything to change his situation, the man worships Jesus. This is what spoke to me today. It’s easy giving God glory and praise when we have the answers to our prayers or when we have our healing from God. But do we spend time worshiping God before that, while our situation remains unchanged?

I also love the boldness with which the man approaches Jesus and the faith he displays in his words…”if you want to…you can…”

Let’s carry on reading:

Jesus touched him. “I want to,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.

The man worshiped, and Jesus touched. He touched an unclean leper; the one others gave a wide berth to. I have experienced this same touch when I come to Him. In this instance, Jesus’ touch brought healing. For me, Jesus’ touch brings healing in other ways. It’s brought peace into turmoil and understanding into confusion. It imparts a new perspective or direction. It fills me with patience or love in a relationship I’m struggling with, or gives me a promise to cling to when I’m feeling hopeless. Jesus’ touch is gentle but powerful, and even though it is unseen, it leaves lasting changes.

So today I just want to encourage you–no matter what you may be struggling with, go to Him boldly, worshiping Him, and then expect and receive His life-changing touch.

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4 Comments

  1. Shann Hall_LochmannVanBennekom

    I just love the way you have with words. I miss you at FW but am blessed by your words today (This week the challenge topic is Blessed and this piece is a perfect fit) It is easy to forget to go to God when things are going good and sometimes to praise him when things are tough. Thanks for the wonderful reminder.

    • Thank you Shann! And what a blessing to have you pop up here, and to share some time together again. xxx

  2. Once again, a timely reminder to be grateful for all I have and not keep looking to “the dark side” for what I want. Of does indeed provide for our needs and it is all too easy to forget other people’s daily struggles when immersed in our own self-pity. Thanks Joan … just what I needed to start my day. xxx

  3. Thanks for this insight Joan. The last ten days have been dark, but filled with constant prayers……I shall start worshiping before I pray!

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