MONDAY, JANUARY 18
A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure.
Luke 8:43 (NLT)
THE ROAD TO LONELINESS: HURT
On the third Monday in January, America celebrates the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On February 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his last sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The sermon was inspired by Mark 10:43. In that sermon Dr. King said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.”
No one exemplified greatness more than Jesus. In Luke 8, Jesus was very busy on His way to save a dying 12 year old and He had come to save the world. But once again He demonstrated His greatness by serving a woman who was hurting. This woman had suffered for twelve years with “constant bleeding.” She probably felt extremely tired and was easily fatigued and this had been going on for 12 years and had yet to be cured! Luke, who is a physician, avoids Mark’s caustic comments when he wrote, “She had suffered much at the hands of many physicians.”
Can you imagine hurting for 12 years? Tomorrow, we will look more closely at the loneliness caused by her condition. In the meantime, how has Jesus helped you through pain when no one else really could?
Praise God for never being too busy for you. Praise Him for being the Great Physician and caring about your hurts.