The Last Straw (Part 1) by Jennifer Waddle

The Last Straw (Part 1)
Series: I Just Can't Win
Jennifer Waddle
Mark 5:25-29

It’s often the slightest of things that does it.

Those small, somewhat insignificant events can cause our already Band-Aid covered hearts to rip wide-open and make us feel like we “just can’t win.”

Honestly, there have been times when I didn’t know whether to throw my head back and laugh, (at the craziness of it all), or fall into a heap on the floor and cry my eyes out.

Can you relate?

If you have found yourself under the weight of the “last straw” and don’t know what you’re going to do next, please know you are not alone. Not only are there many who are probably going through the same thing, there have been many who have gone before us.

“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.  When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, ‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.’ Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.” (Mark 5:25-29 NKJV)

I think we can safely say this woman had experienced theproverbial “last straw.” She had exhausted every effort to get well and yet shecontinued to grow worse. And after twelve years—TWELVE YEARS—of suffering, shewas finally ready to reach out in a way she’d never before done.

She went to find Jesus.

She actually fought her way through crowds of people to touch His robe. And honestly, I don’t think anything would have stopped her.

Perhaps, the experience of the “last straw,” which seems like the complete end of us, is really the beginning of bravery. And maybe, after we allow ourselves to pout a little—even cry it out, we can get back up and be determined enough to reach out.

Let’s face it sisters, that ONE MORE THING can either lay us flat, or spur us on to become “fearless power houses,” (as my friend, Renee, likes to say).

“You really can be a fearless powerhouse even when youdon’t feel like it, but only when you know exactly who you are in Him and whatHe’s made available to you.” (read more of Renee’s writing HERE)

What has Jesus made available to you today? What “hem of His robe” is within reach? What “crowd” do you need to fight your way through?

Dear one, perhaps it’s time that we shake off the old way ofdoing things. I’d even like to suggest that we get a little angry—angry enoughto say, “Enough is enough!”

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