“they told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.” Mark 1: 30b-31
During my morning quiet time, I was reading the passage from Mark which describes the healing of Simon’s mother-in-law. I am always drawn to passages about healing as in my work I often encounter those who are seeking healing–of some type or another…physical, emotional, spiritual. As I looked at these verses, I pondered what God might have to say about the process of healing…how does healing occur? what is God’s role in healing? what is our responsibility in it? what is our reaction when we receive this healing?
First, I noticed that Jesus came close to the woman and took her hand. I think it is interesting that he HELPED her up and THEN her fever left her. She was moved AND she moved…Jesus came close to her and, with His help, she came close to Him–only then was she healed. We are like this woman. We cannot wait to be healed-in our bodies, minds, and most importantly our hearts- before we move closer to God for it is in the MOVING closer that we are healed.
We also cannot wait for our bodies to become stronger or more flexible before we MOVE them. We do not wait until we are flexible/strong enough to join the Yoga (0r Pilates) class–we join the class to MOVE into flexibility. We must MOVE our bodies to receive the healing benefits of exercise. The benefits, in turn, keep us moving into more flexibility, more strength.
Once we find the healing in our bodies, minds, and hearts from our moving closer to Christ, we continue to move in gratitude and service to the ONE who first moved, and loved us.