I wonder if you've ever dealt with someone close to you being very very sick. I haven't. And naturally I am not a super jump in and know exactly what to do to comfort and help someone whose hurting type of person. When I've taken spiritual gift tests, mercy comes in at rock bottom (it's pretty embarrassing really). I just don't mentally have the ability to think of what someone needs and how to help when they are hurting. But now that I know that, I see the very real need to depend on the body of Christ and keep those with the gift of mercy and those who know how to deal with health crisis' close at hand.
I'm grateful to the Lord for putting my sweet friend Carly in my life for this very reason. Carly and her husband got married almost two years ago and unexpectedly in March her husband was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease radically changing their lives. They are fighting through leaning on the Lord and growing a ton. She has started a blog, Reaching For Fringe to be a resource to caretakers of those with chronic illness. I hope it will be a blessing to you and others you know who may be going through health related issues. Take a few minutes to explore the site and hear their story.
Reaching for fringe is based off the lady's story in Mark 5, who even after 12 years of disappointment, loneliness, discouragement, being ignored as an outcast still pursued Jesus, reaching for the fringe of His garment. It's overly easy in unbearably hard circumstances of life to get bitter, but the bleeding lady didn't, she pursued and reached for Jesus instead.
How long have you endured a hard trial in your life? Have you allowed bitterness to consume you? In what ways are you reaching for Jesus?
Just as Jesus did not forget or sluff off the bleeding lady, He hasn't forgotten you. He has purpose in the pain.
This life can be hard and that's why being vulnerable and letting people know what we need from them is so important. Jesus doesn't want us to go it alone. Is there something in your life your trying to fight alone? Why not ask the Lord right now who you should tell and ask to walk along side you through it.
And just as we aren't built to go it alone, we also are built to do it alone, by our own strength of trying real hard. The Lord has grace for us, if only we'll receive it. (Here's a video explaining how)
This post part of the series
Check out other posts in this series:
Potiphar's Wife; Life Unrestrained
Woman at the Well; Experiencing God's Grace
Rahab; Ms. Courageous meet Prince Charming
Damaris; Counted Among Them
Eunice and her faithful reward
Midwives; What they have in common with Chick-fil-a and Cake
Miriam; What's the big deal with dishonor?
Dinah; When life is bigger than you imagined
Lot's wife; Dealing with a heart that longs
Mother of Thunder; When you want for your kids
Having a Martha Faith in a Mary World
The Phoenician Widow and the Blinding Effects of Shame
King Lemuel's Mom & Bragging on Others
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