Responding to Sickness

For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 

–Mark 5:28 (ESV)

I don’t like being sick. Yet, on this Wednesday morning I am. I’m running a fever. I’m coughing hard. My throat is sore. My whole chest area is aching. Yuck. 

So, here I am trying to write a Wednesday Word while feeling poorly. Sometimes we just have to try to do what we can, even when we are sick.

The background on the above verse from Mark is that this woman had been sick for twelve years. She had come to the end of her resources. She had spent all her money and the doctors had not helped.

Right now, I would really like to get better and I’ve only been sick for a few days. It’s hard to relate to this woman who had been sick for twelve years. I can’t imagine.

It is no surprise to me that after hearing about Jesus she came up with a plan to try to use Jesus to get better. Her plan worked. She touched Jesus’ garments and she was made well. Jesus then stopped everything He was doing to let her know that it wasn’t magic, but it was her faith.

When I am sick, like I am now, it is easy for me to only think of myself and my condition. Yet, Jesus is my Healer. I know that, most likely, I will recover, from my current sickness. Through it all, I want to trust Jesus. I want to exhibit faith. I will trust, regardless of the outcome. 

Prayer: Jesus, I look to You as my Healer. You alone are my Source. I will trust You with my sickness regardless of where it takes me. Thank You for loving me, even through sickness.

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