Sometimes we don’t know what’s missing; sometimes, it’s all too obvious. But the way we feel is the same. Something is missing from our lives that we desperately need, and we’d go to the ends of the earth to find it. Where do you go to made whole?
Collectors search antique stores and flea markets trying to find that piece that will “complete” their collection. But, where do we go when something is missing in us? Once again, I am drawn to the account in Mark 5:21-34 of a woman who knew, down deep in her heart, that if she could only touch the garment that Jesus was wearing, “I shall be whole.”
But, where do we go when something is missing in us?
There’s this line in a popular movie, “you complete me.” I’m just telling you, dear sister, that’s a lie. There is no other human being in this world that can truly “complete” you. Mainly because they are human, and all humans are flawed by sin. There is only One, who has lived a completely sinless life, Jesus Christ. And by placing your faith in Him, you can come away with this promise “Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace…”
In the New King James Version of the Bible, the word “well” is used as a more current translation of the word “whole.” To be made well, to have all be well in our bodies and souls, is to be made whole or complete in Christ. This is the missing part, He is the missing part. The answer to all the illnesses, all the relationship difficulties, all the problems in all the world is always more of Jesus. It doesn’t mean necessarily that all the problems will go away, but the Helper, the Keeper, the Strength of our heart will be infused into all those struggles. His strength in our weakness equals all we need to do what perfect love does, “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7)
“Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace…”
Letting go of the things that are breaking us opens us up to Him filling the empty spaces of our hearts so that we can be made whole. God can’t pour into us if we don’t pour out to Him. Like the woman in Mark 5, we have to risk it. We have to reach, and we have to obey when we asks, “Who touched Me?” Of course, He already knows, but He also already knows that our response is crucial for complete healing.
The woman humbled herself. She got down low, and she told Him, in the presence of witnesses, the whole truth. It was her faith that made her well. She was healed of her affliction and received so much more.
This is what I want to remember from her story: that when she was called out by Christ, she came out. Yes, she was afraid. She was so scared that she shook all over, but she did it. And we can too. We can take risks and we can speak out and we can humble ourselves to God, day after day and keep giving Him our hurts and He can keep filling in the broken places because that’s what He does. He completes us, day after day.
She was so scared that she shook all over, but she did it. And we can too.
“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23.
O Heavenly Father, I thank you and pray that you cause me to remember your promises. I pray knowing that today is really all I have, and I choose to remember that Your compassion for me is new every, single morning and that You are faithful at every, single moment of everyday. I thank You that when I start to feel the sting of pain from the wounds this world gives me, You are with me and ready to cover them and fill them in with your healing love. For the glory of Your Name, Amen