Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Jesus,Take My Hand!

News about Jesus quickly spread all over Galilee.  As soon as Jesus left the meeting place with James and John, they went home with Simon and Andrew.  When they got there, Jesus was told that Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed with fever.  Jesus went to her. He took hold of her hand and helped her up. The fever left her, and she served them a meal.

Mark 1: 28 - 31

Usually, when Jesus healed someone who was sick, the sickness was very serious.  In fact, more often than not the person was blind, deaf, a castaway because of leprosy, or even as it was in the case of His friend Lazarus, dead.

But Peter’s mother-in-law was simply in bed with a fever.  There is nothing in the story that implies she was about to die, or was even seriously ill.  But Jesus restored her health and took away the fever so she could serve Him and his disciples a meal!

Someone told Jesus about this unnamed servant who was sick, but no one in the story asked Him to heal her.    

The lesson in this story for me is this:  When something has you “sidelined” in your service of Jesus, reach out your hand and let Him left you to your feet and restore you to your place of ministering to the Lord.  

There is an old song which begins with the words: “Precious Lord, take my hand.  Lead me on and let me stand.”  No matter how bad you feel, reach out your hand to Jesus and let Him lift you to your feet!

“Lord Jesus, take my hand and lift me so I can continue to walk with You and serve You, today.  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen!”

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