I’ve worn glasses for about 30 years now. And for most of those 30 years, my glasses have been filthy. I finally have gotten into the habit of giving them a good wipe every morning. When I do, I notice yellow specks on both lenses. (I don’t notice them when I’m wearing the glasses.) For many people, this would be an annoyance. For me, it’s a blessing.
Those specks came while I helped paint a school in Haiti last August and they remind me of “the miracle of the increasing paint.” I’ve shared the story at Fresh Start and elsewhere. We were running low on paint to finish the job and suddenly, there was more paint. So, each morning I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness. And they’re not just a reminder of the miracle of the paint. Because it gets me to thinking of other times in my life God has been faithful when I couldn’t imagine how he would provide.
In 2019, He provided in the most amazing ways while I was unemployed. When COVID-19 shut down virtually all the plans for our ministry this year, He almost immediately opened a door that has allowed us to distribute meals to families in the Green Bay School District. But what about when God doesn’t immediately provide what we need? Odds are you probably have some version of your own yellow specks to remind me you of God’s faithfulness in the past. But if you also need a reminder of the importance of patience in waiting for God, there’s always the story of Jesus healing the bleeding woman:
A large crowd followed and pressed around Him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She 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. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. Mark 5:24-29 (NIV)
Yes, she was healed the moment she touched Jesus’ clothes. But look closely at her story. Whatever the bleeding was, she had been subjected to it for 12 years. She had seen many doctors and spent all that she had. Besides the physical suffering, she was almost certainly shunned in the community. Bleeding meant she would have been deemed unclean. She couldn’t worship in the synagogue and anyone who touched her while she was bleeding would have been considered unclean. Being ostracized would explain why she felt she had to come up behind Jesus. She likely would have expected Him to shun her on sight the way everybody else did. Yet, none of that robbed her of her faith, and she was healed:
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at His feet and, trembling with fear, told Him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:32-34 (NIV).
Many people today need a reminder of God’s faithfulness. Lost jobs, lost loved ones, fear that life will never be how it once was leaves them wondering if they can still trust God. What are the yellow specks in your life you can turn to for reassurance? When has Jesus come through in the past that gives you the faith to know that He will again? Whether it’s been two months or 12 years, remembering what He has done will help you wait with peace and contentment.
Jesus, you have been so faithful so many times. Help me to remember in these times of uncertainty that you are always there, and you never forget me; ever. We pray in your name. Amen.
This post is republished with permission from Oakbrook Church, De Pere