Thursday, September 24, 2009

Luke 13:10-13 "Now He was teaching in one of the Synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her "woman, you are loosed from your infirmity. And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God."

We don't know her name, age, or what she looks like. Can you see her bent over in pain? Does she notice the pain after 18 years; is it a dull throbbing pain that she's learned to live with? I see her there in the back, among others. Her face is etched in pain. Forgotten, lost, invisible to the others...there she sits listening to Jesus. Today I will leave the same way I came in; today will be no different than today or the days to come, she thinks to herself. But something happened that day. Something that she hadn't planned on. Jesus already knew that today this woman would be loosed. He already knew that starting this day life would no longer be as her days had been. As Jesus preached his eyes moved to her, focusing on her "Woman your are loosed from your infirmity" placing his hands on her. Immediately she was made straight and glorified God." Can you see her praising and glorifying God? Can you see her face now, smiling back at you? Can you see the tears streaming down her face?

Beloved, you have not gone unnoticed; Jesus sees you sitting in the crowd bowed over and crooked. He has already called your name from among the congregation to rise up and walk. You may have settled but God has other plans for you sister. He has said no longer do you have to walk bent over from sin, no longer do you have to settle for the pain and hurts, no longer do you have to be tied to years of abuse, years of immortality, and years of unforgiveness. You have been loosed from all those infirmities. He is calling you today just as he called our beloved sister years before. For far too long many have resigned themselves to living with life's junk, that they have grown accustomed to carrying the load, and fail to see the affects. How long have you been contorted, and twisted? Beloved, rise up and walk!


AmyGudger September 24, 2009 at 8:28 PM  

Evette, my sister. I don't know what to type right now, I can't stop crying, I can't help but to think of how the woman felt going in and then how she felt as she left, PRAISING GOD !! ...I can't help but think of how she didn't even have to ask..of how you said that Jesus's eyes went to her and He spoke those words. I'm in tears of joy knowing how wonderful our Saviour is and how He didn't only preform miracals back thousands of yrs ago, but He does in this day and age too, but how rarely anyone gives Him credit. As you well know, Jesus came down a few days ago, into my very livingroom and preformed a huge miracal between me and Robby, and still working today !! There has been little things, big things..just things all together changing for the better in our lives since He was "invited" back into our lives. You are such an insiration to me Vette and I love you sis. Thank you for your posts, you are a wonderful writer. Thank you for this post !!!!!

Evette September 24, 2009 at 8:33 PM  

You are such a cheerleader :). You are a great inspiration to me as well. Its funny how God brings people together, how he works in our lives and brings about change. I love you sis!

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus September 26, 2009 at 6:52 AM  

What a beautiful, insightful piece of writing -- blowing the dust off this incredible Scripturethen applying it to our lives today.

You inspire.

You radiate!

kristina September 26, 2009 at 8:39 AM  

Please keep writing seems as though He has pulled you from the crowd and given you a gift to give Him glory in writing about how the Bible reads you...As you study, please write, write, write! Love you lots, thanks for coming over Wednesday, we had missed you and your sweet kiddos so much! I hope Ricky has had a special time celebrating his birthday this weekend! Love y'all!

Evette September 27, 2009 at 12:13 PM  

Jennifer and Kristina. Thanks so much for encouraging me. It means the world to me.

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