Life isn’t easy. It’s filled with ups and downs, tears and laughter. When I look at what’s going on in the world around us it can be a little scary. It makes me wonder….how big is my faith?
I’ve gone through many challenges in my life: a broken marriage, my MS diagnosis, my brother’s death and my son’s paralysis. I met and married my wonderful husband, who always stands by me. He has MS too and is now in a power chair. My role now is being his caregiver. It’s full of challenges, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
I don’t share these because I want you to feel sorry for me, but so that you can see that faith is what it takes to “stay in the race”!
There’s a story in the Bible that has always been special to me. Matthew 9:20-23 tells about a woman who was bleeding for many years with no relief. She heard that Jesus was in town and had heard about the miracles he had performed. She believed if she could just touch the hem of His garment, she would be healed. She pushed her way through the crowd, and got close enough to Jesus to touch His garment.
Immediately she felt whole again and Jesus instantly knew that she had touched him. It wasn’t just the tug of a hand that Jesus felt, but the tug of a heart. He knew that someone was reaching out to him in faith. He called out to her, because He wasn’t going to let her just disappear – lost in the crowd. She came to Jesus and fell at His feet. Jesus told her that HER faith had healed her.
We don’t know if this woman was a follower of Christ. The Bible doesn’t tell us. If she wasn’t, you can bet she was a faithful follower after she was healed.
The same story appears in the other gospels. That tells me it’s pretty important.
Prayer and faith go hand in hand. Don’t be afraid to come to the Lord with anything! In fact, come to Him with everything! Nothing is too big for God and nothing is to small. Scripture tells us that “you have not because you ask not”.
Whenever we’re heading out to go shopping, we pray for a handicapped parking spot and a motorized scooter for me to use. It never ceases to amaze me when I pull into a parking spot and there’s a scooter sitting right there waiting for me. God is GOOD!
Many people have the idea that they must first make things right or clean themselves up before coming to Jesus. Thankfully, He calls for us to come to him just as we are. By faith, we are ushered into His presence, to receive His Love, His healing touch and to make us whole. He wants a real relationship with each of us.
Don’t you sometimes wish that Jesus was as close to you as He was to that woman? I sure do, but then I remember His promises – “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20) and “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
Just close your eyes and have the faith to reach out to Jesus. He really is that close!
I hope you enjoyed reading this article.
Be sure to check out another of my articles: Do You Know Who You Are?
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