December 2, 2013

“I Beg Your Pardon”

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:06 am by Broken & Brave

“When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennersaret. And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.” Matthew 14:35, 36

In late September of 2010, it was a Sunday or Monday evening. My husband and  I were roused from our usually evening routine by the voice of one of my children, calling for us to come check on another of our sons who was making unusual noises in his sleep. My husband was the first to enter the room. What we found was one of our sons in the middle of what appeared to be a very severe seizure. He had never had a seizure before and I had never witnessed a seizure before. My husband immediately jumped onto the bed with my son and prayed out loud, speaking the authority of the Word of God over my boy. My son immediately stopped seizing, but lay there disoriented. We called our Doctor and immediately met him over at the ER.

I spent that entire night in the hospital, sitting beside my son, as we did a whole lot of waiting. I was so afraid for him. I was so afraid. I watched as my son was given a CAT scan. They placed his small body onto the machine and slowly put his head into it. I stood in the hallway and all I could do was pray. I had tears in my eyes, but the words that came out of my mouth may not be what you expect. I began to thank God for all the promises He had spoken into my heart about the call and purpose of this child’s life. See, I knew this son of mine had a great call on his life. Plans so great, the Lord began speaking to my heart about the details of his appearance, personality and purpose while I was just in my first trimester of pregnancy with him. He was now in the early middle childhood years and everything the Holy Spirit had spoken into my heart about his character and person had been right on. I am confident in God’s Voice in my ear. I am confident in the Word of God. I am confident that He is a Healer and is delighted when I draw near with the burden of my heart and ask to touch the hem of his garment. So I stood and made prophetic declaration and I worshipped God for the miracle he was going to give my boy and the protection of his health; I didn’t pray the problem, I prayed the solution. I reminded God of His Promises for my sons life and that I had not forgotten them. All through that night, as my little boy  lie in the hospital bed,  he would reach over and stroke my arm to comfort me. I was blessed because in that dark hour I saw just how strong my little boy was. I saw the early stages of all  God had shown my heart for his future…a Mighty Man of Purpose full of Tenderness, Comfort and Compassion.

God healed my little boy. He hasn’t had any issue since and he is an intelligent, endearing and strong young man who my heart finds tremendous delight in. I frequently refer to my children as my Tiny Treasures, but I know there is nothing tiny about the size of my heart for them.

I just shared a very personal story to help show you how to touch the hem of His Garment in modern day. When we read such a passage in the Bible many might gloss over it.  After all, it is only one small paragraph in a very large book. Think about how much smaller the hem of a garment is. Think about how low to the ground one must be to touch the hem of another. A proud person would struggle to come to God and ask for a healing, but when we are meek and humble and we earnestly seek healing the Father notices. His Power comes to us and takes what was broken, wounded or crippled and He restores it to its original condition. He uses His Authority and He gently reaches for us. It is a concept so simple, but so hard for so many to understand because usually one with such great power is expected to Lord it over others, especially the wounded. But the Heart of the Father is so different from the natural thoughts or inclination of Man. He is Gentle. He is Patient. He is Kind. He is Family. He is Forgiveness. He is Healing. Restorer. Deliverer. Friend.

It doesn’t matter what you are going through. It doesn’t matter where you have been or what you have done. God is not ashamed of you. God is not out to get you. He is not punishing you. God is still on the Throne of Heaven and HE LOVES YOU. Whatever your need, He is there to answer. Wrap yourself in the hem of His Garment. Hide yourself in the Shadow of His Wing (Psalm 91). He is betrothed to you…committed to your well- being. His Promises are for you and your loved ones. He is Faithful and True. Lavish His tremendous Pardon over You. Call out to Him, He will answer.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” Psalm 100:4

If you have a need, He has an answer. Reap the benefits of trusting in Him.

~Nicole

“And He said to her, ‘Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in Peace.” Luke 8: 48

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