Finding The Ability To Press On Toward Jesus Despite Chronic Pain

Take my hand! Come away from the light.

“A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.” (Mark 5:24b-29)

I’ve been thinking a lot about the verse above lately. This poor woman, frail and weak from blood loss, pressing through a huge crowd to get to Jesus. We can be fairly certain that this woman suffered from anemia from her chronic blood loss. As someone who has suffered anemia I can tell you that she likely endured terrible physical exhaustion, racing heartbeat, dizziness, sleeplessness, and shortness of breath.

Imagine being in such poor physical health and yet finding the courage and fortitude to press through the crowd to Jesus.

Sometimes we need to press through our difficulties and limitations to find our way to Jesus. We need to push aside busy schedules and many distractions to find our Lord. The crowd we face may be endless situations calling for our attention, or distractions all around us keeping our focus in the wrong place. We may find real physical limitations seem to leave us too weak even for prayer. But we must press through and press on.

You may find yourself weak, sick, overcome by life’s circumstances.

It may seem that a crowd of problems are pressing against you.

Picture that little lady, having suffered from endless bleeding and physical weakness, yet she pressed on to find Jesus. Let her be your inspiration.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to never to let our limitations keep us from You. Amen.

About The Author
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He has endured years of Chronic Illness, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease. He has pressed on through God’s grace and strength.

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4 thoughts on “Finding The Ability To Press On Toward Jesus Despite Chronic Pain

  1. Pingback: Finding The Ability To Press On Toward Jesus Despite Chronic Pain (via Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals) « Old Brush Arbors Weblog

  2. Karlton, this woman in Scripture has always been an inspiration for me since the onset of my chronic illness.

    I even remember at my 12 year mark holding my Bible up towards “heaven” and saying, “Okay, Lord – I do believe and have pressed on just like this woman who you recognized.”

    Its been more than double those years now and I still find hope and inspiration from her story.

    I am glad you wrote about this important quality we all must have.

    Bless you!

  3. I love this woman from scripture. Every time I read this story I am blinded by her faith. Her simple faith. When she heard about Jesus she believed Jesus was all she needed. Boy did I need this reminder. I keep grabbing at random robes not realizing the only one I need to touch is his. 🙂

    Thank you!!!

  4. Thank you for giving me a new hope.
    God bless
    will be getting a new cfs and firbo facility near here soon
    hope it will helpme
    God Bless
    Anne/ Grace

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