Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Monday, February 23, 2009

what are you afraid of?

I was reading yesterday, Mark 5. I was reading about this girl who was suffering and she BELIEVED that if she just touched Jesus she would be healed. And later in the passage Jesus said "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."... "don't be afraid, just believe".

And I've been thinking a lot lately about letting go. Letting go of a lot of past hurt. And like most things I have to do it in my own time and when I'm ready even though I think (I know) it would be easier if I just let it go now.

I often wonder why I can't just let it go, what am I afraid of? Am I afraid of being hurt again (that's just plain stupid!)? Am I afraid of being free? That's even more stupid.

So, I am going to heed those words. Don't be afraid, just believe.

Mark 5:21-36 21When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet 23and pleaded earnestly with him, "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live." 24So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." 29Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"
31"You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?' "
32But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."
35While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the teacher any more?"
36Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe."


Becky said...

not afraid. a loss of control of how one might view things. once forgivness is done, it no longer counts...(in a matter of sorts)

Constance said...

I suffered most of my life with unforgiveness, pain, bitterness and anger towards my biological dad for his not being a bigger my life. My life would have gone so much smoother if I could have come to terms with that issue when I was a teenager. But then I wouldn't have my 2 oldest daughters (the products of 2 bad marriages). God knew when the timing was perfect for me to throw off the shackles that had me bound so tightly. I appreciate where I am now because of where I was for so long. Once God delivered me and healed our relationship, satan tried to drag it back up. I reminded myself that God had broken those chains and healed me and that satan had no power over me in that area. To this day, he has never threw it up in my face again! Now THAT is a praise!