READ: Luke 13:10-17
I awoke to one of the most amazing sunrises I’ve ever seen. It started out light pink and purple and slowly progressed into the most brilliant, searing pink sky striped with hues of lilac and hydrangea crisscrossing the sky.
However, even as I write this I cannot begin to speak to the gloriousness of this particular sunrise, because well, you just had to see it for yourself. Even my girls tried to capture its intensity on their phones, but to no avail. You just had to see it for yourself, you had to look up. But what if you couldn’t? What if evil had stolen your ability to do so? What if your existence was to simply stare at the dirt?
This bent in half disabled woman spent her days with her hair in her face, disheveled and dirt focused.
“Lord, sometimes I relate.”
We may not be literally bent in half like this woman, but maybe we are bent in half over life itself. We say things like, “Lord, I’ve been carrying this load for years and I need relief,” yet it never seems to come. We experience life looking downward instead of heavenward, and it hurts. Living bent in half hurts our bones, it hurts our heads, it hurts our hearts.
Yet Jesus does come.
He comes to this woman on a Sabbath, no less, and calls her out of her bondage. He lays hands on her and immediately He makes her straight. He provides the relief she has longed for, for eighteen years. And Jesus does the same for us.
But we must respond to Him. We must believe that He can and will straighten us out, that we are not beyond His help. We must believe our brokenness is not a deterrent to His love.We must believe He sometimes allows pain for a moment, so we can experience purpose for eternity. Click To Tweet
Unlike this woman, who experienced immediate relief of her infirmity, often our own journey’s take more time. It’s a slower process. We get discouraged, we feel like there’s no progress, we experience the same “bent over” feelings we’ve always had.
But God, in His infinite wisdom knows what we need. And He’ll not only provide the band-aid, but He’ll provide the cure, no matter what day it is. We are precious to Him.
I find it interesting that the next story told in scripture is the parable of the mustard seed. It says that the tiniest seed can grow into the biggest tree, where birds of the air make nests in its branches. Life can grow with the most minute amount of faith. This bent over, dirt focused woman had just that kind of faith.
So look up, my friend. Stand Tall – for with Jesus you have already been set free.
Dear Jesus, often we are free but we continue to live bent over. Experiencing freedom can be almost harder for us than staying where we are. Our chains become like extensions of our hands and we begin to covet them. Break us free, Lord Jesus, from the chains of bondage that keep us from living straight. Let us stand tall in You and find the freedom you so freely give. Amen