The Upper Room Devotion for Tuesday, May 2, 2023, was written by Wardes of
21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and begged him repeatedly, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live." 24 So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 for she said, "If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well." 29 Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?" 31 And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, "Who touched me?" 32 He looked all around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."
Mark 5:21-34 NRSV
Several years ago, my wife and I were trying to have a second child. When she experienced three miscarriages in three years, we did not understand. We were disappointed and confused. But even though our hearts were sad, we found strength and continued to hope in the unlimited power of the Lord Jesus. Every morning, we prayed and had quiet time to renew our strength. We were particularly encouraged by the story of the woman in today’s scripture reading. She remained hopeful that she would be made well, even after 12 years. Her story and her faith encouraged my wife and me to continue believing that God would answer our prayers. One day, our church held a revival meeting. During an altar call, people who had experienced miscarriage were prayed for. A few months later, my wife became pregnant again. Although she experienced bleeding and needed to go on bed rest during her pregnancy, our second child was born healthy. Like the woman who was healed after 12 years, we continued to hope in the Lord, and what we experienced was a blessing.
Our faith is often tested when we endure hardships that cannot be explained and when Heaven seems silent to our pleas for deliverance. Wardes reflection chronicles he and his wife’s turbulent journey toward the birth of their second child. Wardes reflection offers us encouragement to press through our tragedies, trials, and traumas, trusting that God has not abandoned us. I invite you to reread Wardes reflection, resolving to remain faithful, despite your hardships, knowing that God is with you.
Faithful God, we praise you. Thank you for teaching us always to hope and believe in you. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.