The prompt for this week is…
A while ago in our Bible study of the book of Luke we had covered the story of the woman who was bent double. This poor woman was literally doubled over for eighteen years and could only see the ground in front of her. The Lord came and laid hands on her and released her from her infirmity and the result was that she was able to stand erect and glorify God. I think I suffer from being bent double a lot. Spiritually speaking, most of the time all I see is my ugly feet and the little plot of ground in front of me. I don’t see the people around me or the Lord, just my own poor wretched condition.
There’s no indication in the verses that the woman asked for healing. She was probably so bent double that she didn’t even see the Lord. But he had compassion on her and caused her to stand erect. What a mercy that the Lord doesn’t leave us in our bent double condition and heals us even when we don’t ask. I think I experienced that a little this week. I spent a whole day wallowing in self pity, focused on the piece of earth in front of me, and lamenting my pitiful situation. Then somehow the Lord came and touched me and caused me to stand and look at the heavens. He reminded me to set my mind on the things above and not on the things on the earth. The view of the things above is so much nicer than my ugly feet.