2017-09-25 - What Would a Crippled Woman Say?
When Jesus saw the woman, he called her over and said, “You are now well.” He placed his hands on her, and right away she stood up straight and praised God. (Luke 13:12-13 CEV)
How would you like to be known as the 'crippled woman'? Technically, that's what I am-still the label stings. I don't want to be reminded what not being able to stand straight has cost me, the moments I've missed.
For the past 18 years, being different has been my identity. I developed a tough skin, my defensive mechanism when confronted with stares, giggles, and questions about why I walk strangely. It's easier to avoid people, than to be a spectacle.
One Sunday, Jesus was teaching in the synagogue. Jesus called me forward. Surely He knew the ordeal for me to walk hunched over. He could have come to me. No, Jesus was going to make me work for my miracle.
Jesus could fix me. He had the power to heal. I had to take those excruciating steps and walk up to Him. There was faith, pain, and embarrassment in each step. Being crippled affected every aspect of life and consumed my thoughts, actions, and mood. I had to prove to Jesus and even myself that I believed He was my answer.
Now I was face to face with the One who held the key. Jesus spoke words I'd been waiting years to hear. "You are now well." (Luke 13:12 CEV) Then He put His hands on me and instantly I was able to stand straight! I thanked and praised the Lord. He did something no one else could. I got my life back. I don't ever want to forget this joyous feeling. Walking was so difficult-not anymore. I'm smiling. When was the last time I smiled? What about you?
I hope everyone sees me now. Let them stare. Let them witness my transformation, all thanks to Jesus. I'm no longer a crippled woman. I'm energized and encouraged. The bondage is broken. Jesus changed me. I'm the new me, the real me. This would never have been possible, if I hadn't obeyed the Lord.
Lord, There are times when it is difficult to trust in an invisible God. In those moments when faith is weak, I'm encouraged by Hebrews 6. Your promises can't be broken.Your promises "encourage us to take hold of the hope that is right in front of us. This hope is like a firm and steady anchor for our souls." (verses 18-19 CEV)
What steps of faith do you sense God asking you to take?
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.