The Bridge

One thing I know for sure. We are all women having human experiences that are best endured when we extend grace, love and compassion toward each other. 

Many of us are suffering with physical and emotional ailments for which we’ve sought God and modern medicine for healing to no avail. 

Today what if we consider an alternative approach to seeking healing? What if we be the bridge.  

Here’s what I mean.

Christ was the bridge between God and man. When the veil was torn upon His final moments on the cross, we were granted an invitation to come before God “boldly and confidently.” Matt 27:50-51 Heb 4:16

When we have friends who are in physical pain or dealing with illnesses seen or unseen, what if we become the bridge between their pain and their healing?

How many times in our own sufferings do we feel too tired, distraught or discouraged to pray?

When we’re suffering physically or emotionally it’s hard to muster the strength to reach out and grasp the hem of His garment for healing. 

Walking in faith day in and day out feels like a challenge especially when we see no change in our condition.  

Fighting our sickness is also especially difficult when others are blaming us for it.    

Sometimes God heals quickly and other times it’s over time. It’s easy to accuse someone of a lack of faith when their healing isn’t immediate. 

But God tell us us “For My thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.” Isa 55:8  

And again “When the time is right I the Lord will make it happen.”  Isa 60:22

And when you are suffering emotional or physically it’s hugely important who you listen to when you’re in need of healing.  

Job sat in his own physical sickness while mourning the loss of his children. His “friends” blamed him for his predicament. Even his wife said “. . .Curse God and die!” Job 2:9  

Had he listened to her, Job wouldn’t have experienced God’s healing and restoration of his health and family.   And we wouldn’t have story to encourage us while we wait for our healing to come.

If your family and friends are not praying with you for healing then they are not for your healing. It’s just that simple.  Be wise in who you listen to. 

Faith operates best when surrounded, supported and empowered by other’s faith. 

When Christ went into heal Jairus’ daughter He didn’t invite everyone in. He took Peter, James, John and the child’s parents.   Mark 5:21-43

It’s easy to respond with “I’m praying for you.”  It’s another thing altogether to actually do it.  I know this because I am guilty of it. 

Even when we’re going through our own sufferings, what if we prayed for each other?  Not to diminish our own need for healing but to remind us that we are not alone in our pain.  

James said “and the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and  . . .pray for one another so that you may be healed. . .”  James 5:15 – 16 

One dimension of healing is helping others in need of it too. 

In 2 Kings we meet the Shunamite woman. Her only child is dead. 

Clearly she’s a woman of faith as she designated a room in her home just for Elisha’s use when he passed through town. 

She could’ve prayed over her son but in her heartache her faith felt compromised so she sought out “the man of faith” to pray on her behalf. He “entered and shut the door behind them both and prayed to the Lord.”  2 Kings 4:32  

Elijah became the bridge between her loss and God’s love.   That day her son was restored to life.

As we set out on the Path to Healing let’s be the bridge for those who may also be suffering. Everyone is going through something, seen or unseen. 

Often people are too ashamed or proud to ask for prayer. Pray for them anyway. 

So today we become the bridge while surrounding ourselves with those who will be the bridge on our behalf.

Sandra Hubbard

Word Wisdom

When Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He yielded up His spirit. At that moment the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split. Matt 27:50 – 51

Therefore let’s approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace for help at the time of our need. Heb 4:16

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