they that wait upon the Lord
When He acts, we’ll know it. I’m reminded of the story of the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5:25-29.
And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
She had lived with this issue for a long time—twelve years. She had been treated by physicians, but didn’t get better. In fact, she got worse. Jesus was her only hope of getting better. She had done everything in her power.
When we have done everything we know to do, without gaining any relief then we look up to Jesus. Like the woman in the story, we know what it feels like to be sick, to be worried, to be stressed, to be in pain—emotional pain and physical weakness.
So when we feel the hand of Jesus upon us, we know it. She felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
What was once weary is stronger.
What was dark and gray is now brighter somehow.
What felt painful before is not painful anymore.
That downward pull into the pit has been relinquished, and now it feels like someone is carrying us. That someone is Jesus Christ.
Where there was a dull ache in our hearts before is now lightheartedness, even joy. Laughter comes easily. We’re not annoyed, but delighted.
We see from a different vantage point. The eyes of Jesus Christ. We are rescued from the agonizing lie that we weren’t loved by Him and that He didn’t care about our affliction. He wipes away our tears.
He has breathed a freshness into our souls like a gentle breeze—new life, new breath and new vision. We step out of death and darkness and into the light…Him.
He holds us and carries us; He rescued us from the pit and from the darkness of despair, even from death itself. We’re His now.
We’re His, and we’re home. Safe in His arms, His loving embrace.
Blessed be the Name of the Lord, Who saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
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