I am mute. Not one word for a week and a half now. A single sound brings on the severest cough. So I rest and I read; House and Garden and my bible, nothing too long, in case I fall asleep.
A while ago I was encouraged to write a blog. Numerous people since then have said the same, always different people. God has spoken quite clearly to me through these people but I have been paralysed. Unable to begin. I felt like I didn’t have what I needed. Something was missing. Then the other morning, during my bible reading, there it was, the story of the man with the shrivelled hand, healed on the Sabbath.
Mark 3:1-6 says,
Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shrivelled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”
Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save a life or to kill?” But they remained silent.
He looked around at them in anger and deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.
This happened on the Sabbath and here I am resting. Jesus asked the man to stand up in front of everyone. Part of my fear, my paralysis, has been fear of standing up in front of everyone for Jesus, without education or authority or credentials. But I knew Jesus had said it and here he was saying it again, not just to this man but to me, ‘Stand up in front of everyone, see what I am about to do. Not you, Lauren, me, see what I Jesus am about to do.’
Then he asked the people what is lawful on the Sabbath; good or evil, to heal or to kill? This is not about me doing something for Jesus, it is about Jesus healing me.
Those around continued with their stubborn hearts and it deeply distressed Jesus, it angered him that they would prefer him to do evil or to let a man suffer, to kill him even. He knows the people with stubborn hearts around us and they distress him, he gets angry but it will not stop him doing what is good. It will not stop him healing those who suffer and want to be healed.
“Stretch out your hand,” the hand that won’t stretch. The hand that cannot possibly stretch because it is shrivelled up, stretch out that hand! Stretch out what is paralysed and it will be completely restored.
Jesus was saying to me, ‘Sing to me with the voice that cannot sing! Write to me with the hands that cannot write! I will completely restore them. The Pharisees will continue to plot but look at whom they are plotting against; me, Jesus. Not the man with the shrivelled hand! They are plotting against me. Let them plot, it will be for the glory of God. Don’t worry about anything while you stand up before all the people, just stretch out your hand to me!’
So this blog is me, stretching out my shrivelled hand and my paralysed voice to Jesus. Unprepared and unknown. To God be the Glory.
Have you ever been shrivelled or paralysed where God says you are anointed? I encourage you to stretch out your hand. Let Jesus completely restore you. I Dare you!
Be blessed, be encouraged, read the post Keeping it Real if you’d like to know more about why I started this blog.
Lots of love,
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