Downward to Forward

Hey Beloved

Have you ever a had low time in your life when everything felt like it would never get better? I have, but I learned from reading Luke 13:10-13, about the “bent-over woman” that Jesus healed on the Sabbath.  She was crippled by a spirit for eighteen years.  When Jesus saw her; he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity, then he put his hands on her and immediately she straightened up and praised God.” The woman in the story could not straighten her body, so she could not look upward or forward.  The shape of her body, always bent-over towards the ground.  As it was she could see only the dirt at her feet, as many people can see only the bad side of things she could not look up and see the possibilities before her, she could only see downwards to the dirt.  Her twisted body bent downward symbolizes people who lack hope, or see negative things in life.  But with Jesus’s help we can lift our vision upwards, towards God and be hopeful for the future.  This story inspires us to mentally straighten ourselves to a standing position where we see upwards to God for inspiration. Sometimes I feel like the bent-over woman, having challenges in my life that made me feel like I could not mentally move to an upright position.  The birth of my physically challenged daughter Amber, my physicall abusive husband, my divorce, and my illness, all made me feel like the bent-over woman, all I could do was look down at the negative things in life.  But as I was looking down, I started looking in the Bible for an encouraging word, and there in Philippians: 4-13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me.” After having that word in my spirit, I remembered Psalm 121, “I will lift up mine eyes unto hills, from whence cometh my help.” Knowing that I am not alone in this journey helps me to lift my eyes up so I can see the glory of the Lord and all that he has in store for me. My prayer for you is to keep yourself in the word, so as challenges in life come your way you will have the strength to keep your eyes looking upward so you will be able to draw strength from the Lord.  Be encouraged and keep the faith.

Your sister in Christ

Carla

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