Have you ever been so desperate that you will do anything to get a taste of hope or inspiration? You have been in the dark for so long that you just long to get a small taste of the sun.
Desperation – “a state of having little or no hope; making a final, ultimate effort; giving all”
Worldly ideology teaches us that desperation is a sign of weakness. To others you appear weak, meek and timid. But in God’s eyes, desperation is a state of humility. It’s lifting that veil of pride, stubborness and ego. It is a final declaration that we have tried it all on our own with no relief and finally realizing we need Him and His miraculous healing. Sometimes desperation can lead you directly to the foot of the cross accepting the free gift of healing and salvation or it can lead you deeper in the deep, dark pit of depression.
We can learn a great deal from the story about the woman with the issue of blood. She suffered for twelve long years. As a result, she was an outcast. She sought help from all other resources to no avail. She tried doctors and medicines but nothing worked which made her desperation grow. She heard of this man who healed others and she literally crawled out of bed and as she approached the same crowd that ridiculed her for so many years, she broke through them. She was desperate for healing and she was going to do everything she could to get it. She thought, “If I could just touch the hem of His cloak, then maybe…just maybe.” Her desperation was so great, that it pulled her out of bed, breaking through all barriers to just touch him. When Jesus felt her touch and asked who touched Him, she fell at His feet trembling and confessing in her state of weakness.
She didn’t care about what others would think of her. I’m sure she had to leave others who did not share her desperation behind. Others probably told her that there was no cure and to go and seek it would be foolish and risky but she went despite the warnings. She needed it and no one could possibly understand her aching within. Like a flower breaking through the hardness of the concrete, her desperation led to her restoration.
Are you in a place of utter desperation? Does someone you know display signs of desperation? Push past the risks, challenges, obstacles, hecklers, naysayers, doubters and squeeze, reach and stretch…it just takes a small tap. Healing is yours for the taking, you just need to reach out and grab it.
Allow your desperation lead you to your restoration.
I’ll conclude with a poem from my book, The Butterfly Movement.
The Woman with the Issue of Blood
Twelve years of pain, sickness, misery, an abomination,
Twelve years of solitude, loneliness, sorrow and isolation.
Twelve years of ridicule, humiliation and condemnation.
They call me cursed and say that I’m a victim of Satan’s damnation.
Praying to God every single day begging Him to free me from this life of desolation.
I heard of this rabbi that came to town today that heals the sick so I crawled out of bed with anticipation,
I squeezed my way through the crowd and stretched my hand; an absolute state of desperation,
I thought “If only I could just touch the hem of His cloak then maybe, just maybe, it will cure me of my affliction.”
My finger tapped him lightly and I felt a power move throughout my body with healing and restoration.
But the rabbi stopped and looked behind Him because He felt the sensation.
He asked, “Who touched my cloak?” and trembling in fear I said “My Lord, it was me!! Please forgive me for my interruption!”
He then smiled gently and said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you, now go and spread the good news to all nations”
Little did I know who this man was…
He was not only my healer,
He was the son of God,
“Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet” Luke 8:47
Copyright © 2011 by Katrina Smith
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