2014-04-03 - The Last Place We Look
Mark 5:25-27 A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, 26 and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse 27 after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak.
"It was in the last placed I looked for it."
We've all said it. In a very humorous way it makes sense. Why would we keep looking once we had found what we were looking to find? There is also irony in that this applies to myself and others I know. We spend tremendous amounts of time and effort trying to find a solution to our issue. The issue can be looking for an item, medical help as in the case of this woman, or plug your own personal unsolvable situation in here. It seems small at first. But what appears to have a simple solution remains entrenched refusing to be resolved. Without realizing it our efforts can become a blind, all-consuming race to defeat the problem.
When we finally reach the end of our resources we turn to Jesus. The Lord Who loves us has been waiting. Clearly not everything we bring to Him is resolved immediately and not always the way we would think it should be. It took courage to appraoch Jesus, to reach out and touch His cloak hoping to receive the same kind of healing she had heard in the stories told around town. Her faith was rewarded with praise.
Mark 5:34 And He said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.
Jesus arrived when she was out of all other options, But we have this this option available to us as sons and daughters of the Master. I know I'm guilty of this - waiting until there are no other avenues but to pray. Even if the answer is, "I have something better", or "Wait", there is comfort in knowing that I am no longer alone in the stuggle. The woman had to answer Jesus that it was indeed her that had touch His garments. I must have the faith to be willing to turn this over completely and follow the path He lays out. That can be difficult. The solution can take many forms. But you and I can trust that our best interests are deeply woven into that solution.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.