Daily Dose, Nov. 22: It Happened in the Wilderness

  She had been ill for 12 years. It was the kind of illness that changed her life. She had gone to doctor after doctor and had spent all she had to find healing. Sometimes illness can lead us into a wilderness experience. When illness is prolonged, our strength is sapped, we hurt, and every day we wake up to more of the same. The physical can most definitely impact us emotionally and spiritually. It can lead to losing hope. A close friend of mine has been battling pain for about a year, and recently, she shared how down she was, how she didn’t know how much longer it would last. She didn’t know what doctor, what treatment to turn to next. She described the last 5-6 months as a time in the wilderness. Questions of “why,” “how much longer,” “will I be healed” have consumed her. She was looking for hope. The woman I mentioned at the start went through this for 12 years. Then one day Jesus was in the midst of a crowd, and she came up behind him. She touched the hem of his robe. When she did, he felt power leave him and asked who had touched him. She said she was the one. “He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’” (Mark 5:34) Healing comes in a multitude of ways and not only the ways we anticipate. What we can be assured of -- have faith in -- is that our God heals. Amen! -- Rev. Terri Henkel