By Jenny Harrison
On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 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.
Luke 13:10-13 (NIV)
At a recent Christian conference, one of the speakers addressed the obvious physical pain of this crippled woman who sought healing from Jesus. She also asked us to consider the emotional pain of eighteen long years with her limited vantage point. Looking down was her only option. For years, she was denied the simple pleasures we take for granted each and every day. Imagine her delight when for the first time in almost two decades she looked up and witnessed the loving eyes of her Lord.
As a professed Christian, I must admit that I have, at times, allowed hurtful life situations, my personal negative self-messages, and well-meaning but misguided individuals to avert my gaze. I mistook the distraction of my surroundings for the voice of my King. My vantage point was restricted and my hope was diminished.
What in your life, obstructs your view of Your Heavenly Father—the Kings of Kings—the great I AM?
It’s never too late to change your vantage point.
Copyright © 2014, Jenny Harrison, all rights reserved, Breath of Life Women’s Ministries. Images from Pinterest. Scripture from The Holy Bible, New International Version.