I’m writing this blog specifically to those individuals who’ve been in a hard place for some time now. Also, to the person who feels stagnant, unenthused, stuck, indifferent, and even hopeless, this blog is for you.
First, I want to gently remind you that God, ultimately, is not like us. His ways are higher, purer, and much better than ours. Right now, there are a lot of voices vehemently proclaiming what’s important to God ... America, politics, laws, religion, and anointed servants, just to name a few. While these are all on His radar, they are not of MOST importance to Him ... YOU ARE. The Bible confirms this truth time and time again. Such as the time when Jesus entered the synagogue on the sabbath, a day of religious observance and abstinence from work kept by Jewish people. When Jesus went inside the synagogue, there was a man who had a withered hand. The religious leaders who were also in attendance watched Jesus closely to see if He would heal him, so that they could find fault in Him (because the law forbade any type of work on the sabbath). These religious leaders deeply disliked Jesus simply because He didn’t follow their agenda. What was important to them, held little value to Him. Jesus was aware of their hatred and ill will; however, their spite was not important in that moment, the man with the withered hand captured his interest instead.
I find it interesting that Jesus approached this disabled man and said, “Stand forth” as if to arouse him from the place of tolerance, indifference, and the acquired feeling of irrelevance. Those two words spoken by Jesus screamed, “You are seen”, “You are not forgotten”, “Get up, shake off the lies, there is more for you”. Following this statement, Jesus told him to stretch out his hand, and subsequently, it was restored whole as the other.
You may feel like that man with the withered hand, tolerating and accepting the incomplete parts of your life, and empty spaces of your heart. But dear friend, I implore and remind you that Jesus sees you. He stands ready to make whole whatever area that is lacking and in need of healing. Open your heart, have deep and honest conversation with Him, and expect His help. If you feel stuck and need help on your journey with Jesus, don’t be afraid to reach out to others and ask for assistance ... God has help waiting for you. You are not forgotten.
And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. Mark 3:3 KJV