Seeing Her

For she said to herself,

“If only I touch his garment, I will be made well.”

Jesus turned and seeing her he said,

“Take heart daughter your faith has made you well.”

(Matthew 9:21-22)

I can see this passage perfectly. And it gives me great hope!
You only need to have faith!

Jesus performed miracles, because being the Son of God, that’s what he did. In Matthew chapter 9, we meet a woman. I can only imagine how this woman felt. For twelve years she had suffered. The way she suffered could not be easily seen on the outside. I imagine she hid it well. She had spent all her money for doctors to tell her that she could not be fixed. This woman was broken and she knew it.

But one day, she hears that Jesus is in town and he is on his way to heal a dying girl. This was her chance! “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” So as he passes her on the crowded street she sees him, she touches the fringe of his robes. And that’s all it took. She was healed; the bleeding stopped. Her constant companion for twelve years was gone. But almost immediately following, something greater happens.
The spiritual healing was not far behind.

“Jesus turned and seeing her…”
He saw her.

Jesus feels the power leave his body;
he turns and knows exactly who touched him…
And when she comes forward and admits that it was her,
he looks into her eyes and sees her.

Can you imagine what Jesus saw??

“Jesus turned and seeing her…”
Seeing her soul, seeing her vulnerability, seeing her hurts,
seeing her hopes, seeing her faith.

He saw her for who she was in that moment… faithful.

I feel he must have seen her past and her future as well.
He sees her and that’s all it took.
She had faith. Jesus saw her. End of story. Well, beginning.

Jesus sees you. He sees your hurts, your fears and your hopes.
So please be encouraged that when you are walking through life and you feel invisible, defeated, alone or just done…

He sees you.

“Take heart daughter your faith has made you well.”

(Matthew 9:18-22 ESV and Luke 40-48 ESV)

One Word

At the beginning of January I began praying for a word for 2017, one word that I could reflect on. A word that would be a reminder to look up when I get so busy trusting in me that I forget how much control I don’t have.  God placed the word “expectation” in my mind and on my heart. Living with expectation, knowing that God is going to do big things and my only job is to expect it from Him. Expect Him to get you over an obstacle and He will probably just move it out of the way.  He moves mountains, people! I’ve always struggled with trusting God to do just the bare minimum. I didn’t expect Him to do more. Now, retraining 20 something years of thinking is a little difficult but I have my expectations, and they’re not based on my abilities soo pretty sure God and I will work it out.

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. (Psalm 62:5 ESV)

Waiting to Wait

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In life there are seasons, seasons where you move and seasons where you wait. Currently, after a huge season of moving, literally and figuratively, I have arrived in my season of waiting. Looking back at the last 6 months of my life, I thought God was preparing me for the move… But He was actually preparing me for the wait. It can be misconceived that the move is more important, to expect the majority of your growth to come from that season. However, the wait has its own importance, and is just as sweet as the move. The wait, the wait is where God lives; the wait will produce just as much growth as the move. The move is not easy by any means. Moving is busy and often extremely hard. The wait, the wait is still. I don’t know about you but I am more comfortable being busy as opposed to being still. Yet, it seems that the majority of life is spent in the peculiar season of waiting. God places you in a season of waiting, preparing your heart and soul for His move. God urges you to move in faith, trusting that His plans are better than your own. After the move, God is still there, in the waiting. He is preparing you for His next move, however long that may be. God is there, no matter your circumstances of waiting and/or moving. God will make Himself known in the move and in the wait.

Taking advantage of the wait:

  1. Spend time in God’s word and in meditation & prayer.
  2. Be still. As hard as that may be, God is calling you to rest in Him and His grace.
  3. Be vocal. Cry out to God! Let Him know when you are frustrated. He is after all, a God of comfort.
  4. Become broken. God knows your heart; don’t try to hide your brokenness from Him.
  5. Don’t be afraid to move. When the time comes, God will push you to move. Do it!

Every follower of Jesus is on their own, unique, journey. But we do all have one thing in common; our souls are waiting and anticipating eternity!