Monday, March 26, 2012

When Your Arms Grow Weary



But Moses’ hands grew tired. So they took a stone and put it under Moses so he could sit down on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side of him so that his hands remained steady until sunset. Exodus 17:11,12

Moses was in battle.  As long as he held up his staff, the Israelites would be winning, but if he lowered his arms, they would begin losing.  Sometimes it’s very difficult to fight a battle on your own.  This was certainly true for me these last two weeks.  This last “healing drip” was really difficult on my body.  Perhaps it’s the accumulation of the last three drips, but this one knocked the wind out of me, that’s for sure.  I couldn’t really pray or read or do much of anything but lay in the arms of Jesus.  That’s where my friends came into the picture.  Like Aaron and Hur, they began holding up my hands for me.  When I started running fever, I asked for prayer and about an hour later, the fever lifted.  Through the last couple of weeks, text messages, a gift of a beautiful pink necklace, and e-mails came in to let me know that they were praying for me. 

It’s interesting that when Paul speaks of people praying for him, it’s as if the request was already granted.  “We have set our hope on him that he will rescue us again since you are helping with your prayer for us.  Then many people can thank God on our behalf for the gift that was given to us through the prayers of many people. 2 Corinthians 1:11 Answered prayer is for one purpose—to give glory and honor to God.
So, I thank my friends for their prayers and for lifting up my hands.  I want everyone to know that God has and will “rescue” me from this cancer so that “people can thank God on my behalf for the gift that was given to me through the prayers of many people.”  To God be the glory.  Amen.

4 comments:

  1. Cindy, this is so beautiful. I am so sorry that you have had to experience this valley, but it is not forever. There will be many mountaintops in your days ahead. I love you.
    Ruth

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  2. Hi Cindy,
    Your connection here with Moses is beautifully written. This is my first visit to your blog. Thank you for commenting on mine so I could find you! God bless!
    In Christ,
    Laura

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  3. You wrote: "It’s interesting that when Paul speaks of people praying for him, it’s as if the request was already granted."

    I connected with what you said in that passage. Peter said the same thing when referring to the prophecy in Isaiah. Peter says that we were healed back at the time when Jesus took those stripes on his back. He’s not referring to a future healing, but to something that had already occurred 2000 years ago.

    Isaiah 53:5
    But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
    1 Peter 2:24
    Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
    Jesus died for our spiritual salvation: …he was wounded for our transgressions… He also died for our physical salvation: …with his stripes we are healed… Just like we are invited to reach out and accept his spiritual salvation, we are also invited to reach out to accept his provision for our physical salvation/healing.

    My pastor’s wife was healed from a disease that the doctor’s had said was incurable. We serve an amazing God.

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  4. Thank you, Aleta! Yes, our God is a Healing God. Thank you for the encouraging words!

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