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As a mom, many days I don’t feel special. I make everyone else feel special and the mundane of life seems to swallow me up whole. I’ve gone through a season of hard, and I really find myself questioning how special I am to God.
I know the Bible tells me I am special and worthy, but my thoughts and feelings like to tell me otherwise.
With all the other people surrounding me, many times it’s hard to see what makes me unique. What gifts stand out?
Have you ever felt this way?
When life is hard, my worth plays in direct correlation of that. The longer the seasons of trials are, the more unworthy I feel. Circumstances steal my feeling of worth.
The definition of worth says, “it’s an amount of something that has a specified value that last of a specified amount of time. It’s also the usefulness or importance of something” (Merriam-Webster).
The Bleeding Woman
In the book of Luke in the Bible, we meet the woman who was hemorrhaging for twelve years. She doesn’t have a name, but she’s in the extended season of hard.
In the Jewish culture, when a women was bleeding or niddah, she was considered ceremonially unclean. During the time of bleeding, she would need to be physically separated for seven days. Once bleeding had ended, she would take a ritual bath, and be considered “pure.”
A bleeding woman was offensive to:
- Her husband
- Her church
- Objects she touched
The woman we meet in the Bible was bleeding for twelve years. For those years, she was a pollutant. Her husband would have probably divorced her, because any relations could yield in arrest and stoning. Church didn’t want her unclean body. Friends and family avoided her like the plague.
She went from doctor to doctor, and no one could heal her. They took her money, but left her still as a contagion. She was physically and mentally frail. Exhaustion and despair were close friends of hers.
When we put ourselves in her shoes, we feel unworthy don’t we? We feel alone. We feel this great emotional distress.
The longer she was sick, the less worth she felt.
She journeys to see Jesus, which was brave and risky because she was so unclean.
“She slipped in from behind and touched the edge of Jesus’ robe. At that very moment her hemorrhaging stopped. Jesus said, “Who touched me?”
When no one stepped forward, Peter said, “But Master, we’ve got crowds of people on our hands. Dozens have touched you.”
Jesus insisted, “Someone touched me. I felt power discharging from me.”
When the woman realized that she couldn’t remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him. In front of all the people, she blurted out her story—why she touched him and how at that same moment she was healed.
Jesus said, “Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!”
The Whole Woman
Did you notice that? Jesus called her daughter and whole. Remember our definition from above, it said a specified value that lasts for a specified length of time.
She was whole. Worthy. Forgiven. She was a daughter. She would be a blessing to others. God’s definition of her wouldn’t change ever.
When we view our worth in the eyes of God, we magnify our worth.
Culture saw the blood, God saw the heart.
Our feelings and thoughts can lie to us. When they make us question our worth, we need to:
- Hold tight to God’s truths about us.
- Choose to feel our worth in God.
- Take action and believe the truth even if we don’t feel special.
Action words require action on our part. We can’t feel worthy until we tell ourselves we are worthy.
We are chosen, loved and we need to remind ourselves of this.
Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you’re worthy of the trip.~ Glenn Beck