I’m sinking. I just want to stop. These truly are the deep seated cries of a woman in dire straits.
“Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him.” (Matt. 9:20)
You can imagine her angst in seeking a solution to this chronic physical condition. All she wants is a piece of peace.
“She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, if I can just touch his robe, I will be healed. Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well! And the woman was healed at that moment.” (Matt. 9:21-22).
Our personal issues can also put us in that same dark prison of hopelessness with our back against the wall and no place on earth to go.
“The void is almost unbearable. Our love story lasted over forty-three years until cancer took my beloved husband.”
“The catastrophe of my drug addiction has taken my house and so much more. The way my children look at me just tears me apart.”
“That ominous call was like someone just punched me in the gut. I could hardly breathe. My voiceless screams were the same sentence over and over again. My son cannot be dead!”
Yes, it is true that we are drawn closest to God at our lowest moments. When we are stripped of our human defenses like pride, arrogance, self-centeredness and with nothing to rely on except God we surrender. It is at that moment night dissipates and a new dawn emerges. We will discover that Jesus, son of man and the Son of God, freely and willingly extends to us not just a piece of peace but PEACE. It’s global, comprehensive and a creation of heaven.
“I have told you all this that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Jesus (John 16:33)